John M. McMahon, MD
To the Editors: In the Annals editorial on treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (1), various studies were reviewed which concluded that gold therapy was both ineffective and effective.
I was introduced to gold therapy while on the Arthritis Service of the Mayo Clinic in the late 1940s and used it for over 40 years, until I retired last August. I developed a healthy respect for the drug when one of my patients in 1951 developed the only serious reaction that I saw, namely stomatitis, hepatitis, and a severe exfoliative dermatitis on the third injection. This may have been a true allergic
McMahon JM. Gold Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Ann Intern Med. ;117:169–170. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-2-169_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(2):169-170.
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