WHAT IS PALINDROMIC RHEUMATISM?
Palindromic Rheumatism, also known as Hench-Rosenberg syndrome or Henchs syndrome, was named for Nobel Prize winner Philip S. Hench and his partner Edward Frank Rosenberg. Mr. Hench (1896-1965) received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Pittsburgh in 1920. His association with the Mayo Clinic began in 1923 when he became first an assistant, then, three years later, Head of its Department of Rheumatic Diseases. At the Mayo Clinic he specialized in arthritic disease. In the course of his work he observed the favourable effects of jaundice on arthritic patients, causing a remission of pain. Other bodily changes, for example pregnancy, produced the same effect. These and other observations led him gradually to the conclusion that the pain-alleviating substance was a steroid. In the period 1930-1938, Dr. E. C. Kendall had isolated several steroids from the adrenal gland cortex. After several years of collaboration with Dr. Kendall, it was decided to try the effect of one of t