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.
GILDER SS. South Africa: Patterns of Rheumatic Disease. Ann Intern Med. ;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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