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Primer on Rheumatic Diseases

John H. Talbott, MD
JAMA. 1973;224(5):620-621. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220180040011.
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A new edition of the Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases appears as a supplement to this issue of JAMA. The title of the monograph has been modified slightly over the years, but each edition after the first has been prepared by a committee of the American Rheumatism Association. Assuming full risk of the charge that I lack all sense of humility, as well as accepting the castigation as a name-dropper, I believe it appropriate to mention a number of physicians, personal friends closely identified with rheumatism and arthritis for more than four decades, who contributed to the composition of one or more editions of the Primer. My working interest in the Primer began as a contributor to the third edition, which appeared in 1949. Later, as editor of JAMA I accepted for publication the fifth and sixth editions, which appeared in 1959 and 1964. Now it is my privilege to


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