• Hooked on Rheum with Max I. Hamburger, MD

    1 month ago - By Healio

    When I was 12 years old, I had already made the decision to become a doctor, so that was where it started. What followed was a combination of family illness and a fascination with the immune system.
    When I was in eighth grade, my father became ill and was hospitalized for many weeks. He was fatigued, losing weight, muscles rapidly wasting away, with white blood cell counts off the charts. His doctors could not figure out what was wrong. Eventually, they determined that he had rheumatoid arthritis. Although he was rheumatoid-factor negative, he had risk factors we now know: Multiple packs a day
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