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June 1939


Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;63(6):1163-1182. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00180230148011

The relative rarity of periarteritis nodosa and the difficulty of recognizing its manifestations during life have brought it to the attention of numerous investigators. That the total number of cases reported is still comparatively small justifies our reporting 6 new cases occurring in recent years at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. Two additional cases have been reported previously from this clinic.1 Thus, of 53,000 patients admitted for medical treatment to the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital since 1913, the diagnosis of periarteritis nodosa has been confirmed in the cases of only 8. It is to be hoped that increasing data may throw some light on the etiology of the disease and perhaps explain some of its bizarre symptomatology. We hope, too, that systematic recording of all the different syndromes that may result from the localization of the vascular process may help to increase the recognition of this disease during life.