During the winter 1925-26 a number of patients
who were suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis were
treated in Ward 25 of the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh,
by intravenous injections of peptone. The observations
on which this thesis is based were made on these
patients. To Professor Murray-Lyon I am grateful
for permission to make the observations and for much
help while the work was in progress.
The number of cases is small. Nevertheless, as
the findings in the different series of observations
agree so closely with each other and with related
results obtained by other workers, they do provide
data for a hypothesis.
The arrangement of this thesis will be:-
(1) A general survey of the method.
(2) A statement of oases with tables and graphs.
(3) A general description of the results of the
(4) A comparison of these results with those of
(5) A discussion of the meaning of the observations.
(6) A summary.
(7) A list of references.