ROBERT T. POTTENGER, M.D.
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Chronic arthritis of the atrophic and hypertrophic types is the most common chronic illness and ranks first among the causes of disability. The high incidence of this disease is indicated by a survey in Massachusetts where 3.2 per cent of the total population and 30 per cent of the disabled were found to be suffering from rheumatoid disease.1 In spite of its prevalence the medical profession as a whole is discouraged or at least apathetic in its treatment.
There is no agreement among students of chronic arthritis as to the basic factors or diathesis predisposing the patient to the disease
POTTENGER RT. CONSTITUTIONAL FACTORS IN ARTHRITIS WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO INCIDENCE AND RÔLE OF ALLERGIC DISEASES*. Ann Intern Med. 1938;12:323–333. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-12-3-323
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1938;12(3):323-333.
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