At what time the disease called rheumatism first made its appearance is not known. The name was first applied in 1642, in a treatise on the subject by one of the most celebrated physicians of his time, M. Guillaume de Baillou, who was an author of several medical works of great merit.
No disease has proved more perplexing. Its uncertain course at times seems to baffle the physician at every point. Volumes have been written concerning its character, and other volumes still have been devoted to the various systems of treatment, which from time to time have held the favor of the medical world. Nor is the subject exhausted. While much is unsatisfacto, and many new facts are continually discovered, opportunity yet remains for the investigator to discover more. Every new thought advances the welfare of mankind. It is the purpose of this paper to suggest some conclusions on the