20 May 2013

Arthroblog No 3 Rheumatoid arthritis

When you see the word arthritis, think of warm, swollen, tender and stiff joints. Rheumatoid is more difficult to understand - it means “like rheumatism”. Rheumatism stands in much the same relationship to the science of medicine as the term Mixed Grill does to the art of cooking. It was once thought to be the result of a “peccant humour” or “rheum” which flowed through the body from the brain downwards, stirring up pain in the organs it traversed, and swelling of the joints into which it flowed. 

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