I have at the moment at least a dozen patients in Edinburgh with arthritic rheumatism. In each case, before we saw them they had had medical treatment over a long period of years, during which time their condition became steadily worse. Nearly all of them have had tonsils out, or their teeth out, or both—as well as the usual drugs, and any number of gold injections along with some of the newer treatments. One interesting aspect of these different "cures" is that nearly all these patients had felt better during the first week or two of treatment; then their rheumatism recurred and became steadily worse. Their painful discovery was that after each spell of medicinal relief the pain became more continuous and more intense.