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January 1930


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From the Laboratory of Clinical Chemistry, Presbyterian Hospital.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1930;45(1):147-158. doi:10.1001/archinte.1930.00140070154014

Interest in the problem of arthritis is increasing. This is owing partly to the fact that insurance of the working classes, especially in Europe, is forcing the problem de novo on the medical conscience, and partly to the internal growth of the topic through the efforts of the relatively small number of persons who have for some years been investigating the disease. This number is now growing, however. A wider outlook on the problem of arthritis is also being developed. The important advance chronicled by the search for and removal of focal infections, not only in arthritis but in many diseases, has often had the incidental effect of directing attention away from those departures in physiology which actually constitute the disease syndrome. This has been less the case in Europe than in this country. It is probably fair to say that the emphasis placed on focal infection in America has

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