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What is a systemic disease?
Stephen Paget, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

Date Added: 05/16/13

Let me compare osteoarthritis with rheumatoid arthritis to give you some concept of what a systemic illness is. Osteoarthritis will affect a finger, a neck, a low back, a knee or a hip. The patient has no fatigue. They otherwise live their life fine. Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic illness me...
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Dr. Stephen Paget, MD, was the Physician-in-Chief and Chairman of the Division of Rheumatology at Hospital For Special Surgery and the Joseph P. Routh Professor of Medicine and Rheumatic Disease at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and the New York Presbyterian Hospital for fifteen years and is now the Physician-in-Chief Emeritus.
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