Medicine: Progress in Arthritis

Knowledge about arthritis has increased so fast in the last eight years that last week the A.M.A. Journal published a lengthy report by twelve specialists to bring U.S. doctors up to date on the nation's No. 1 chronic disease.

Arthritis is one of the oldest diseases on earth—fossil remains show that even dinosaurs suffered from it 200,000,000 years ago. Arthritis has always bedeviled the human race. The great thermal baths built by the Romans are monuments to the aching bones of the middle-aged Romans who had it. Today, in the U.S., the 6,850,000 people...

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