STANLEY S. GILDER, M.D.
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When i was a student, older textbooks still said that the Irish had a racial predisposition to tuberculosis and the Jews to Buerger's disease. Both statements, like many made about ethnic groups, were wrong. When I attended a rheumatology congress years ago, someone said that rheumatoid arthritis was rare in black Africans, yet I frequently discover early cases among my mostly urbanized and exclusively black clientele. So I was very interested to read a series of much needed epidemiologic studies on rheumatic diseases recently published in the South African Medical Journal, and one important article in the British Medical Journal.
STANLEY S. GILDER. South Africa: Patterns of Rheumatic Disease. Ann Intern Med. 1976;84:336. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-3-336
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(3):336.
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