ROBERT C. BATTERMAN, M.D.
With the exception of salicylates for the polyarthritis of rheumatic fever and colchicine for gout, which are more or less specific for these conditions, the treatment of the chronic pain of arthritis has always been a difficult problem. It is admitted that the commonly used analgesics, such as salicylates and amidopyrine, have some value in the mild form of arthralgias or decrease to some extent the discomfort of chronic pain, but their potency is such that analgesia is never prolonged or complete. Too often the physician must resort to opiates, a practice which unfortunately is not very satisfactory. Of the
BATTERMAN RC. THE TREATMENT OF ARTHRITIC PAIN WITH DEMEROL, A NEW SYNTHETIC ANALGESIC1. Ann Intern Med. ;22:382–385. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-22-3-382
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