It is only within a very few years that systematic efforts to evolve an effective management for arthritis deformans have been attempted, largely because it has been only a few years since the affection has been susceptible of anything like a sharp diagnostic differentiation. For this reason text-book literature on its therapeutics is meager and very unsatisfactory when subjected to the test of clinical application. About all that can be gleaned from it is a recommendation to give the patient cod liver oil, iron, or potassium iodid for long periods, to maintain his health in as good condition as possible, and to send him to some hot springs or other health resort. Although its present-day treatment is disappointing on the whole, yet evidence is accumulating which indicates that modern therapy is capable of producing curative results in many cases, and marked amelioration of the
SKINNER CE. THE TREATMENT OF ARTHRITIS DEFORMANS. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(15):1034–1039. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500150001d
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