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Rheuminations

Aug 18, 2020

Part 2 of this series explores how we began to measure antibody levels and how serotherapy evolved and was used to investigate multiple diseases (I’m looking at you, pneumonia). We’ll also learn how advances in laboratory techniques like electrophoresis paved the way for a better understanding of the...


Jul 15, 2020

COVID-19 has brought up the use of the old remedy convalescent serum. What is it? Did it work? This series walks us through the history of the serum, how it was discovered, how it was first used, and how it inspired the field of immunology.

  • Intro :11
  • In this episode :15
  • A quick tale :20
  • Outline of these three...


Jun 22, 2020

With COVID-19 and the question of whether glucocorticoids could be beneficial, this episode digs into the data on the use of glucocorticoids in the setting of infections, from pneumonia and septic arthritis, to meningitis and septic shock.

  • Intro :11
  • In this episode :25
  • The first published case series of patients with...


Jun 9, 2020

This episode delves into the history of Whipple’s disease — from its initial description, to the lengthy process of proving it’s an infectious disease.

  • Intro :11
  • In this episode :12
  • The initial case report 1:35
  • How I fit into the history of Whipple’s 4:46
  • Back to the case report 6:56
  • Bodies in the intestines...


May 20, 2020

This episode dives into the rare Whipple’s disease, focusing on the articular manifestations of this infectious masquerader and when a rheumatologist should consider it in the differential.

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