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July 25, 1896


Author Affiliations

Vice-President American Academy of Medicine; Chairman Section on State Medicine American Medical Association. Chicago.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(4):202-205. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430820030003f

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The names of diseases are determined, principally by the prominence of a certain group of symptoms. The disease under consideration follows the general rule. Special names are attributed to particular groups of symptoms, all of which, however, constitute merely varieties of one disease.

Rheumatism is acute when it is recent, and chronic when the disease has extended over a longer period; articular, when the manifestation is chiefly in the joints; inflammatory, when the whole body exhibits the symptoms of inflammation and pain; muscular, when relating to the striated and non-striated tissues; sciatica and lumbago belong to the same family; even gout is itself closely related in its orgin, differing only in its symptomatology.

The present paper is concerned with a practical review of the author's system of managing this disease in its various forms.

Disturbance of nutrition with consequent impairment of the solids and fluids of the body, always precede

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