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Columns: Was Gout Rampant Among the Romans?
Lead in wine consumed by Romans may have contributed to a high incidence of gout among aristocrats of the Roman Empire
The annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology and Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals' (ACR/ARHP) provide an opportunity to rewind through the history of rheumatology, and spotlight the speciality's future
Viewpoints: Three Giants of Immunology at USC
Prejudice, and how I became a rheumatologist.
Columns: Influencing the Infuencers
Many of us have experienced that look—confusion—when you tell someone that you work in rheumatology. It happens at dinner parties, in line at the grocery store, and during conversations on airplanes. The look can open the door to conversations about rheumatology. However, when the influential people whose decisions affect our specialty don’t know who we are and don’t value our contributions to healthcare, that look has serious consequences.
Columns: What Would Our Forefathers Think?
The ACR celebrated the 75th anniversary of our organization at the annual meeting in Philadelphia this October. While an occasion to look forward, an anniversary inevitably stirs the urge to look back. The past elicits powerful emotions because it is known and fixed in time, with 75 candles blazing away in a mini-inferno, signaling the passage of years. In contrast, the future is unknown and uncertain. Optimism notwithstanding, the future can make us anxious.
Features: The ACR at 75: A Diamond Jubilee
From the challenges of rheumatic fever to evaluations of how to wisely and cost effectively use treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the ACR has contributed to the enormous changes and advances that have taken place in rheumatology in the past 75 years. The ACR will be feted for its contributions as the organization celebrates its 75th anniversary at this month’s annual meeting in Philadelphia.
This summer, I decided to take a break from editorial writing and do some old-fashioned reporting while on vacation in England. I made this decision at an intriguing restaurant in a posh part of London. At dinner, one of my best friends, a British rheumatologist, and I engaged in a spirited discussion on the relative merits of our healthcare systems. Given our positions, I would have anticipated national loyalty, my friend touting the National Health Service (NHS) and me touting the American free market...
Features: Reflections on a Diamond Celebration
As a medical subspecialty, rheumatology was something of a late bloomer until the late 20th century. Even so, the ACR has, since its origins in the 1920s and 1930s, helped to build rheumatology into one of the most internationally collaborative and inclusive medical specialties in the world.
Departments: Get a Read on Rheumatology’s Past
What happened to the Bulletin on the Rheumatic Diseases? This was a question posed to me by a Central American rheumatologist this past summer at the PANLAR meeting in Guatemala City, Guatemala. I told him the Bulletin was dead. The last issue of the Bulletin was on Behçet’s disease, by Kenneth Calamia, MD, and Merhrdad Mazlumzadeh, MD, volume 53, number 2, 2004, and was an online publication.