Editor's note: From its first issue in 1900 through to the present day, AJN has unparalleled archives detailing nurses' work and lives over the last century. These articles not only chronicle nursing's growth as a profession within the context of the events of the day, but they also reveal prevailing societal attitudes about women, health care, and human rights. Today's nursing school curricula rarely include nursing's history, but it's a history worth knowing. To this end, From the AJN Archives will be a frequent column, containing articles selected to fit today's topics and times. This month's article, from the April 1912 issue, is on rheumatoid arthritis (as the second paragraph indicates, rheumatoid arthritis appears to have been used as an umbrella term for every type of arthritis). It offers a fascinating and sometimes amusing look at the state of the science on arthritis 100 years ago; compare it with "The State of the Science in the Prevention and Management of Osteoarthritis" in this issue. We've highlighted some excerpts on etiology, management, and nursing implications here; to read the complete article from our archives, go to http://bit.ly/wD5tQQ.
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