PHILIP S. HENCH; EDWARD W. BOLAND
During the First World War about 93,000 American soldiers developed some sort of "rheumatism."1 Four common rheumatic diseases—rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, osteoarthritis and muscular rheumatism— accounted for about 80 per cent of these cases (table 1).
The subsequent cost to the government of these 92,633 cases of rheumatism has never been estimated; it must have been very great. In 1931, 13 years after the war, the Veteran's Administration was paying over $10,000,000 a year in disability compensations to about 35,000 ex-Service men with "arthritis"2 and in 1943, 25 years after the war, the Veteran's Administration was expending annually about $2,
HENCH PS, BOLAND EW. THE MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC ARTHRITIS AND OTHER RHEUMATIC DISEASES AMONG SOLDIERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY1. Ann Intern Med. ;24:808–825. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-24-5-808
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1946;24(5):808-825.
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