30 May 2013

Arthroblog No 6 - Psoriatic Arthritis


Dr John Quintner
The name psoriasis is derived from ywra, the itch. The British dermatologist Dr Robert Willan [1752-1812] was the first to recognise psoriasis as a distinct condition. Previously it was thought to be a form of leprosy and grouped with this condition by Hippocrates [460-377 BCE]. As a result, those afflicted with psoriasis could face rejection by their respective communities, as reported in the Old Testament. Over the centuries this confusion resulted in sufferers being sentenced to death by the Church and, in 1313, as ordered by Philip IV, King of France, to be burned at the stake. The association of psoriasis and arthritis was described in 1818 by Jean-Louis-Marc Alibert [1768-1873], and the term “arthritis psoriasis” was used by Pierre-Antoine-Ernest Bazin [1807-1878]. In the 1950s the eminent British rheumatologist Professor Verna Wright [1928-1998] of Leeds proposed the term “psoriatic arthritis” and in 1964, the American College of Rheumatology classified it as a clinical entity distinct from rheumatoid arthritis.

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