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Rheumatoid Arthritis in an Icelandic Textbook from 1782

Jonsson, Helgi and Helgason, Jon LU (1996) In Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology 25(3). p.134-137
Abstract
In 1782, Jon Petursson, a district physician in Northern Iceland, published a textbook on arthritis and its remedies intended for common

use. Working within a very simple diagnostic system, essentially comprising osteoarthritis (arthritis h a ) and inflammatory arthritis (arthritis

vaga), he describes arthritis vaga as a common, chronic, symmetric, destructive, inflammatory polyarthritis, sometimes with systemic

manifestations. It affected people of aU ages with a peak incidence around forty, and had a female preponderance. The last observation is

of particular interest as he knew he was contradicting all the available literature. Contemporary descriptions of Jon PCtursson suggest that

he may... (More)
In 1782, Jon Petursson, a district physician in Northern Iceland, published a textbook on arthritis and its remedies intended for common

use. Working within a very simple diagnostic system, essentially comprising osteoarthritis (arthritis h a ) and inflammatory arthritis (arthritis

vaga), he describes arthritis vaga as a common, chronic, symmetric, destructive, inflammatory polyarthritis, sometimes with systemic

manifestations. It affected people of aU ages with a peak incidence around forty, and had a female preponderance. The last observation is

of particular interest as he knew he was contradicting all the available literature. Contemporary descriptions of Jon PCtursson suggest that

he may have had rheumatoid arthritis himself which would explain his excellent description of this disease. (Less)
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history, rheumatoid arthritis
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Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
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25
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134 - 137
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Taylor & Francis
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1502-7732
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10.3109/03009749609080002
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  abstract     = {In 1782, Jon Petursson, a district physician in Northern Iceland, published a textbook on arthritis and its remedies intended for common<br/><br>
use. Working within a very simple diagnostic system, essentially comprising osteoarthritis (arthritis h a ) and inflammatory arthritis (arthritis<br/><br>
vaga), he describes arthritis vaga as a common, chronic, symmetric, destructive, inflammatory polyarthritis, sometimes with systemic<br/><br>
manifestations. It affected people of aU ages with a peak incidence around forty, and had a female preponderance. The last observation is<br/><br>
of particular interest as he knew he was contradicting all the available literature. Contemporary descriptions of Jon PCtursson suggest that<br/><br>
he may have had rheumatoid arthritis himself which would explain his excellent description of this disease.},
  author       = {Jonsson, Helgi and Helgason, Jon},
  issn         = {1502-7732},
  keyword      = {history,rheumatoid arthritis},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {134--137},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology},
  title        = {Rheumatoid Arthritis in an Icelandic Textbook from 1782},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/03009749609080002},
  volume       = {25},
  year         = {1996},
}