A. R. HORLER, M.D., M.R.C.P.; MALCOLM THOMPSON, M.D., M.R.C.P.
Rheumatoid arthritis has for some time been considered to be a generalized disease involving many tissues and organs in addition to the joints, and the possible occurrence of pulmonary and pleural lesions is compatible with this conception. Occasional references to chest complications in chronic rheumatism are to be found in the early medical literature.1-6 These, however, must be treated with reserve, in view of the confusion that existed in the classification of chronic arthritis and the prevalence of tuberculosis at that time, as well as the frequency of hypostatic pneumonia among immobile and debilitated subjects. Such early reports were those
HORLER AR, THOMPSON M. THE PLEURAL AND PULMONARY COMPLICATIONS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS(THE PLEURAL AND PULMONARY COMPLICATIONS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS*). Ann Intern Med. 1959;51:1179–1203. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-51-6-1179
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1959;51(6):1179-1203.
Pulmonary/Critical Care, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatology.
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