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October 1956

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriasis Vulgaris

AMA Arch Derm. 1956;74(4):455. doi:10.1001/archderm.1956.01550100123029

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The author has divided the book into three sections: (1) Psoriasis Vulgaris, Psoriatic (Rheumatoid) Arthritis, and Psoriatic (Rheumatoid) Spondylitis; (2) Rheumatoid Arthritis, Etiology and Pathogenesis, and (3) Clinic and Therapy of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The author attempts to prove the cause of these diseases, related to a permanent endoparasitism of the Bacillus endoparasiticus which he first described in 1927. The author has a rather good bibliography in English and German with each of the chapters. He feels that bacteriologically and immunobiologically there are three morphologic types, the S R and O forms of the Bacillus endoparasiticus, the R type being nonantigenic. By means of culturing the scales on 8% glucose agar, the O type can be obtained. He feels a rather high percentage of persons have recoverable S type in the circulating blood, whether symptoms of endoparasitism are present or not. By means of the cantharides blister technique, he

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