An Army Veteran and His Incredible Case of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Spondylitis
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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HEALTH AND MEDICINE SILVER SPRING MD SILVER SPRING United States
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Peter Cluckey was able to feed himself for the last time on August 3, 1912, after his jaw became so fused that he was unable to open his mouth more than an inch. At his autopsy in 1925, the pathologist described the 43-year-old mansbody as emaciated with subcutaneous fat practically absent. Cluckey, an Army veteran who served in the Philippines after the Spanish-American War, had been battling severe ankylosing rheumatoid arthritis and spondylitis since first diagnosed in 1904.
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