EDWARD F. ROSENBERG, M.D., F.A.C.P.; ARCHIE H. BAGGENSTOSS, M.D.; PHILIP S. HENCH, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Rheumatoid arthritis is not just a disease of joints. It is a systemic disease characterized by manifold physiologic alterations and often by multiple symptoms. Despite its systemic nature, rheumatoid arthritis seldom causes death. A commonly held opinion is that patients who have rheumatoid arthritis rarely die of the disease. Many thousands of patients with rheumatoid arthritis have been examined at the Mayo Clinic during the past 25 years, but during this time necropsy has been performed in only 30 cases of rheumatoid arthritis. Although this number is small, we have considered it important to study the manner of death in
ROSENBERG EF, BAGGENSTOSS AH, HENCH PS. THE CAUSES OF DEATH IN THIRTY CASES OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS1. Ann Intern Med. ;20:903–919. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-20-6-903
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1944;20(6):903-919.
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