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September 1976

Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Review Including Newer and Experimental Anti-inflammatory Agents

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Rheumatic Diseases, Palo Alto Medical Clinic, Palo Alto, Calif.

Arch Intern Med. 1976;136(9):1023-1028. doi:10.1001/archinte.1976.03630090051012

Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is often frustrating for patient and physician alike because of its chronic nature and our lack of knowledge about precise cause. It can be confused by the vast array of anti-inflammatory drugs now available, with new agents being added all the time. We present here an outline for a systematic treatment program that must be tailored to each patient's needs. It emphasizes a broad approach on the part of the physician and indicates that drugs comprise only one part of treatment. We review the drugs currently used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and include discussion of those newer anti-inflammatory agents that should be available shortly. A rational scheme for the use of these drugs is proposed.

(Arch Intern Med 136:1023-1028, 1976)

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