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October 1957

Grundriss der inneren Medizin.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(4):684-685. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260100168023

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This is the twenty-second edition of a manual written primarily for the use of medical students. The large number of editions since its first publication by Domarus, in 1923, seems to indicate its popularity in Germany.

To the American reader this book has a number of confirming aspects, a few of which should be pointed out.

The German "Die Rheumatoide" (p. 574), under the general heading of diseases of the joints, has nothing to do with our concept of rheumatoid arthritis. "Rheumatoide" are, rather, afflictions of the joints secondary to scarlet fever and other infectious diseases. Also, joint involvements after serum injections are taken into this group.

Strümpell-Pierre-Marie's disease is viewed as caused by infection. Consequently, it is torn out of the American concept of rheumatoid arthritis, which, by the way, is named "chronic polyarthritis" and not considered a collagen disease.

The collagen diseases as an entity are given short-shrift

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