History of the Attempts to Find the Cause of RA

  • Alan Ebringer


There has been a continuous debate about the origin and early detection of rheumatoid arthritis. The strongest evidence suggesting recent onset is the absence of the disease in Egyptian mummies. Other rheumatological diseases such as osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout and chondrocalcinosis are well represented in Egyptian bone specimens and this appeared to be convincing evidence to Professor Watson Buchanan from Glasgow that rheumatoid arthritis was a disease of recent onset which appeared in the last two centuries (Buchanan and Kean 2001).


Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatic Fever Barr Virus Recent Onset Egyptian Mummy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Ebringer
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  1. 1.King’s College London Division of Life SciencesUCH School of MedicineLondonUK

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