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GOLD SALTS FOR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

PHILIP S. HENCH
Ann Intern Med. 1947;26(4):618-624. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-26-4-618
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Having returned to many professional and economic changes, the homecoming medical officer will have unfortunately found one condition relatively unchanged; namely, the frustrating problem of rheumatoid arthritis. He will also find still continuing and still unsettled, the prewar controversy over the use of gold salts for rheumatoid arthritis.

Why are the opinions of internists and specialists concerning this treatment so diverse after twenty years of use? Gold salts were first employed for rheumatoid arthritis in Germany about 1927 by physicians who, impressed with results in tuberculosis, regarded rheumatoid arthritis as related to tuberculosis, an unproved untenable notion. First American reports

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