W. GRAFTON HERSPERGER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
In recent years, the value of gold salts in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has been recognized by most investigators who have studied the problem impartially. These compounds continue to be a useful tool in spite of the dramatic antirheumatic effects of pituitary adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and cortisone. The employment of these hormones has not extended far beyond the experimental stage. There are potentially dangerous side effects and remissions are short lived; probably not more than 25 per cent of those treated obtain prolonged benefit, according to Hench.1 Great pressure is being exerted upon the medical practitioners throughout the country
HERSPERGER WG. GOLD THERAPY FOR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: A CURRENT EVALUATION1. Ann Intern Med. ;36:571–582. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-36-2-571
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;36(2_Part_2):571-582.
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatology.
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