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May 6, 1905


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JAMA. 1905;XLIV(18):1443-1446. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500450031001h

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To the question, "Have you ever had rheumatism?" the great majority of my adult dispensary patients have answered in the affirmative, but when questioned further as to the location and character of the trouble there were nearly as many answers as there were patients. In some cases the trouble was in the large joints, which were affected singly or multiply; in other cases it was limited to the small joints; again, it was in the muscles, in the nerves, in the bones, in the head, in the throat, in the stomach, in the uterus, or in the heart, for there is scarcely a part of the body which seems free from this omnipresent malady. Some of the attacks were acute, but more often they were chronic or recurrent. At times they were so severe as to confine the patients to bed, but more often they merely inconvenienced them at their

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