CARL A. BERNTSEN, M.D., F.A.C.P.; RICHARD H. FREYBERG, M.D., F.A.C.P.
This report summarizes the status of 183 patients with rheumatoid arthritis after a period of continuous corticosteroid treatment for five years or longer.
The treatment program always included increased rest, appropriate physical measures, therapeutic exercises, adequate diet, and analgesics. Of these 183 patients there were 47 for whom corticosteroid was the only additional treatment; in the remaining 136 patients corticosteroids were used after gold salts had been discontinued because they were either ineffectual or were not tolerated, so the gold therapy did not influence the course of illness.
Of these 183 patients 77% were females. At the end of observation
BERNTSEN CA, FREYBERG RH. RHEUMATOID PATIENTS AFTER FIVE OR MORE YEARS OF CORTICOSTEROID TREATMENT: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF 183 CASES12. Ann Intern Med. ;54:938–953. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-54-5-938
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1961;54(5):938-953.
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