The antiquity of rheumatoid arthritis: a reappraisal.

  title={The antiquity of rheumatoid arthritis: a reappraisal.},
  author={Francisco Javier Aceves-Avila and Francisco Sosa Medina and Antonio Fraga},
  journal={The Journal of rheumatology},
  volume={28 4},
OBJECTIVE To demonstrate the existence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) before the 19th century. METHODS Survey of primary and secondary references on the history of rheumatic diseases. RESULTS Paleopathological evidence suggests the existence of RA in America since 8000 BC and in Europe since the 7th century. Descriptions and representations of a symmetric chronic polyarthritis producing characteristic deformities can be found in Rome since 100 BC and India since 500 BC. The first clinical… CONTINUE READING

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