MIRIAM LINCOLN, M.D., F.A.C.P.; WALTER A. RICKER, M.D.
Seldom is the diagnosis of periarteritis nodosa made in time to do much in the way of therapy. It is therefore a dread disease. It has been noted by DuBois1 that it is sometimes possible to alter the statistical incidence of rare diseases by training a hospital staff to become conscious of a disease syndrome and on the alert to diagnose the ailment early when, presumably, treatment may be effective. He cites the case of disseminated lupus erythematosus. Considered a rarity, the diagnosis was made 11 times in the Los Angeles County General Hospital in the years 1948 and 1949.
LINCOLN M, RICKER WA. A CASE OF PERIARTERITIS NODOSA WITH L.E. CELLS; APPARENT COMPLETE REMISSION WITH CORTISONE THERAPY1. Ann Intern Med. ;41:639–646. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-41-3-639
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;41(3):639-646.
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