R. GARFIELD SNYDER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Although it is increasingly evident that people are becoming more conscious of rheumatic diseases, and particularly arthritis, there still exists a woeful apathy and lack of accurate knowledge regarding these diseases, not only from the medical point of view but from the sociologic aspect as well.
It will probably be a distinct surprise to most readers to learn that an exhaustive national health survey1 made in 1935-1936 by the United States Public Health Service, disclosed that among chronic diseases in the United States, "Rheumatism" ranks first in prevalence, second in producing disability and second in producing invalidity. While only fourteenth
SNYDER RG. ARTHRITIS—A NEGLECTED DISEASE1. Ann Intern Med. ;13:1317–1326. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-13-8-1317
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1940;13(8):1317-1326.
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