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L'Arthritisme: Ses misères, ses dangers, son traitement.

JAMA. 1931;97(16):1175. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730160057048.
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This bears as a subtitle "L'arthritisme, affaire hépatoendocrinienne." It is an elaborate clinical speculation on the nature of arthritis and certain associated disorders, including asthma. Diagnostic emphasis is placed on determination of the ratio of urinary nitrogen to urinary uric acid. Treatment centers almost entirely on dietetics and purgation, the former chiefly along the lines of avoidance of meat. The book contains few references to the literature, even in French, and would hardly deserve mention except for the fact that, in the light of present knowledge concerning the rheumatoid problem, betterment of gastro-intestinal function in a wide sense of the word, together with intelligent curtailment and balancing of the dietary, constitutes an essential step in therapy in a definite proportion of cases. Citation of successful treatment along the lines elaborated by the author of this book therefore requires evaluation. To relate such results solely to the premises advanced is evidence


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