Medicine: Hormones & Arthritis

Betty S., daughter of a Manhattan TV writer, was stricken before her fourth birthday. What began as a sore throat and pain in the ankles soon developed into a full-blown case of Still's disease—he name given to rheumatoid arthritis when it attacks children. Betty was sent to a hospital for intensive care of her swollen joints. Main item in her treatment was heavy dosage with hormones of the cortisone family, which relieved her pain and kept her joints reasonably flexible. But Still's disease weakens a child's bones and hampers growth; ironically, cortisone aggravates that part of the problem. By a feedback...

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