It must be apparent to all who have followed medical literature for the last few years that the subject of rheumatism has received a good deal of attention. It was surely time that the heterogeneous group of cases which were classed under this name should receive a thorough overhauling. As a result of the restudy of this important subject we have received light on many obscure points, but fresh aspects of the subject have cropped up and need investigation. Among these is the relation which exists between tuberculosis and certain forms of joint disease which do not conform to the classical type of tuberculous arthritis, clinically or pathologically.
Attention was first drawn to these forms of rheumatism several years ago by Poncet, and a great many of the publications on the subject have emanated from this author and his pupils, or from other representatives of the French school. In Germany