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profileRobert Herman Shmerling, M.D.

TitleAssociate Professor of Medicine
InstitutionBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
AddressBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Rheumatology - Suite 4B
110 Francis Street
Boston MA 02215
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  1. Lieber SB, Fowler ML, Zhu C, Moore A, Shmerling RH, Paz Z. Clinical characteristics and outcomes in polyarticular septic arthritis. Joint Bone Spine. 2017 Sep 14. PMID: 28917998.
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  2. Fowler ML, Zhu C, Byrne K, Lieber SB, Moore A, Shmerling RH, Paz Z. Pathogen or contaminant? Distinguishing true infection from synovial fluid culture contamination in patients with suspected septic arthritis. Infection. 2017 Dec; 45(6):825-830. PMID: 28766274.
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  3. Lieber SB, Fowler ML, Zhu C, Moore A, Shmerling RH, Paz Z. Clinical characteristics and outcomes of septic bursitis. Infection. 2017 Dec; 45(6):781-786. PMID: 28555416.
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  4. Corominas H, Shmerling RH. What lies in the near future for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis? Reumatol Clin. 2017 Sep - Oct; 13(5):249-251. PMID: 28495361.
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  5. Nawai A, Leveille SG, Shmerling RH, van der Leeuw G, Bean JF. Pain severity and pharmacologic pain management among community-living older adults: the MOBILIZE Boston study. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2017 Dec; 29(6):1139-1147. PMID: 28224474.
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  6. Thakral M, Shi L, Foust JB, Patel KV, Shmerling RH, Bean JF, Leveille SG. Pain quality descriptors in community-dwelling older adults with nonmalignant pain. Pain. 2016 Dec; 157(12):2834-2842. PMID: 27842050.
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  7. Shmerling RH. Editorial: The Ethics of Recent Gout Trials. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2016 Sep; 68(9):2057-60. PMID: 27110864.
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  8. Kasper IR, Juriga MD, Giurini JM, Shmerling RH. Treatment of tophaceous gout: When medication is not enough. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2016 Jun; 45(6):669-74. PMID: 26947439.
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  9. Singh JA, Saag KG, Bridges SL, Akl EA, Bannuru RR, Sullivan MC, Vaysbrot E, McNaughton C, Osani M, Shmerling RH, Curtis JR, Furst DE, Parks D, Kavanaugh A, O'Dell J, King C, Leong A, Matteson EL, Schousboe JT, Drevlow B, Ginsberg S, Grober J, St Clair EW, Tindall E, Miller AS, McAlindon T. 2015 American College of Rheumatology Guideline for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2016 Jan; 68(1):1-26. PMID: 26545940.
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  10. Singh JA, Saag KG, Bridges SL, Akl EA, Bannuru RR, Sullivan MC, Vaysbrot E, McNaughton C, Osani M, Shmerling RH, Curtis JR, Furst DE, Parks D, Kavanaugh A, O'Dell J, King C, Leong A, Matteson EL, Schousboe JT, Drevlow B, Ginsberg S, Grober J, St Clair EW, Tindall E, Miller AS, McAlindon T. 2015 American College of Rheumatology Guideline for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2016 Jan; 68(1):1-25. PMID: 26545825.
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  11. Fowler-Brown A, Kim DH, Shi L, Marcantonio E, Wee CC, Shmerling RH, Leveille S. The mediating effect of leptin on the relationship between body weight and knee osteoarthritis in older adults. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2015 Jan; 67(1):169-75. PMID: 25302634; PMCID: PMC4504208 [Available on 01/01/16].
  12. Pincus T, Gibson KA, Shmerling RH. An evidence-based approach to laboratory tests in usual care of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2014 Sep-Oct; 32(5 Suppl 85):S-23-8. PMID: 25365085.
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  13. Thakral M, Shi L, Shmerling RH, Bean JF, Leveille SG. A stiff price to pay: does joint stiffness predict disability in an older population? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Oct; 62(10):1891-9. PMID: 25333527; PMCID: PMC4205481.
  14. Eggermont LH, Leveille SG, Shi L, Kiely DK, Shmerling RH, Jones RN, Guralnik JM, Bean JF. Pain characteristics associated with the onset of disability in older adults: the maintenance of balance, independent living, intellect, and zest in the Elderly Boston Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Jun; 62(6):1007-16. PMID: 24823985; PMCID: PMC4057984.
  15. Peoples C, Valiyil R, Davis RB, Shmerling RH. Clinical use of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibody testing. J Clin Rheumatol. 2013 Sep; 19(6):351-2. PMID: 23965485.
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  16. Shmerling RH. Management of gout: a 57-year-old man with a history of podagra, hyperuricemia, and mild renal insufficiency. JAMA. 2012 Nov 28; 308(20):2133-41. PMID: 23188030.
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  17. Pluta RM, Shmerling RH, Burke AE, Livingston EH. JAMA patient page. Gout. JAMA. 2012 Nov 28; 308(20):2161. PMID: 23188039.
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  18. Stewart C, Leveille SG, Shmerling RH, Samelson EJ, Bean JF, Schofield P. Management of persistent pain in older adults: the MOBILIZE Boston Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Nov; 60(11):2081-6. PMID: 23126624; PMCID: PMC3498575.
  19. Chen Q, Hayman LL, Shmerling RH, Bean JF, Leveille SG. Characteristics of chronic pain associated with sleep difficulty in older adults: the Maintenance of Balance, Independent Living, Intellect, and Zest in the Elderly (MOBILIZE) Boston study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Aug; 59(8):1385-92. PMID: 21806564; PMCID: PMC3307096.
  20. Shmerling RH. Ask the doctor. Is it true that we use only 10% of our brains? Harv Health Lett. 2011 May; 36(7):5. PMID: 21714141.
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  21. Shmerling RH. Ask the doctor. Why does the nose run in cold weather? Harv Health Lett. 2011 May; 36(7):5. PMID: 21695855.
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  22. Shmerling RH. Ask the doctor. What causes bags and puffiness around the eyes and dark circles underneath them? Harv Health Lett. 2011 May; 36(7):5. PMID: 21698806.
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  23. Yeh GY, Kaptchuk TJ, Shmerling RH. Prescribing tai chi for fibromyalgia--are we there yet? N Engl J Med. 2010 Aug 19; 363(8):783-4. PMID: 20818882.
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  24. Shmerling RH. Ask the doctor. I have rheumatoid arthritis, and my doctor wants me to take prednisone for it. Will this drug be bad for my blood pressure, which is already high? Harv Heart Lett. 2010 Jul; 20(11):7. PMID: 20812420.
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  25. Shmerling R. By the way, doctor. I belch a lot and get a feeling of fullness in the upper abdomen. Is this common condition? What are the causes and cures? I would prefer natural remedies. Harv Health Lett. 2010 May; 35(7):7. PMID: 20583362.
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  26. Leveille SG, Jones RN, Kiely DK, Hausdorff JM, Shmerling RH, Guralnik JM, Kiel DP, Lipsitz LA, Bean JF. Chronic musculoskeletal pain and the occurrence of falls in an older population. JAMA. 2009 Nov 25; 302(20):2214-21. PMID: 19934422; PMCID: PMC2927855.
  27. Neeman N, Aronson MD, Schulze JE, Shmerling RH. Improving pregnancy counseling for women with rheumatoid arthritis taking methotrexate. Am J Med. 2009 Nov; 122(11):998-1000. PMID: 19854323.
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  28. Eggermont LH, Shmerling RH, Leveille SG. Tender point count, pain, and mobility in the older population: the mobilize Boston study. J Pain. 2010 Jan; 11(1):62-70. PMID: 19665937; PMCID: PMC3708611.
  29. Shmerling RH. Testing for anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies: is it time to set this genie free? Arch Intern Med. 2009 Jan 12; 169(1):9-14. PMID: 19139318.
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  30. Mehta BP, Shmerling RH, Moss AC. Pseudogout after polyethylene glycol bowel cleansing. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2009 Jan; 43(1):95-6. PMID: 18528291.
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  31. Smetana GW, Shmerling RH. Does this patient have Temporal Arteritis? . JAMA Rational Clinical Examination; Simel DL and Rennie D, eds. 2009; 643-657.
  32. S.G. Leveille, J.F. Bean, R.H. Shmerling, R.N. Jones, J. Audette, J. Guralnik, D. Kiel. . Chronic pain characteristics associated with risk factors for falls in the older population. Proceedings of the Gerontological Society of America's 61st Annual Scientific Meeting. 2008.
  33. Mehta BP, Shmerling RH. Teaching neuroimage: cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis. Neurology. 2008 Jul 08; 71(2):e4. PMID: 18606959.
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  34. Mehta BP, Shmerling RH. Cerebrotendinous Xanthomatosis (in press). Neurology. 2008.
  35. Shmerling RH. Common Diagnostics in Rheumatologic Disorders. Primary Care: A Collaborative Practice; Buttaro TM, Trybulski J, Bailey PP, sandberg-Cook J, eds. 2008; 1230-1232.
  36. Lee, YC, Shmerling RH. The Benefit of Non-pharmacologic Therapy as the Primary Treatment of Patients with Symptomatic Osteoarthritis. Current Rheumatol Rep. 2008; 10(1):5-10.
  37. Lee YC, Shmerling RH. The benefit of nonpharmacologic therapy to treat symptomatic osteoarthritis. Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2008 Jan; 10(1):5-10. PMID: 18457605.
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  38. Leveille SG, Bean J, Shmerling R, Jones R, Audette J. . Non-pharmacologic pain management and attitudes about pain management in a population-based cohort of older adults. The Gerontological Society of America. 2007.
  39. Shmerling RH. Calling in the Replacements. 2007.
  40. Shmerling RH. Organs With Plenty To Spare . 2007.
  41. Shmerling RH. Useless Organs . 2007.
  42. Shmerling RH . The Mercury Myth . 2007.
  43. Shmerling RH. Does Metabolism Matter in Weight Loss?. 2007.
  44. Raychaudhuri S, Shmerling R, Ermann J, Helfgott S. Development of active tuberculosis following initiation of infliximab despite appropriate prophylaxis. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2007 May; 46(5):887-8. PMID: 17363399; PMCID: PMC2666304.
  45. Shmerling RH. How Much of the Brain Do We Really Use? . 2007.
  46. Shmerling RH. Name That Drug. 2007.
  47. Valiyl R, Shmerling RH. How Useful is Anti-Cyclic Citrullinated Proten (Anti-CCP) Testing in Actual Practice?. Arthritis and Rheumatism. 2006.
  48. Shmerling RH. An 81-year-old woman with temporal arteritis. JAMA. 2006 Jun 07; 295(21):2525-34. PMID: 16757725.
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  49. American College of Rheumatology Extremity Magnetic Resonance Imaging Task Force . Extremity Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Report of the American College of Rheumatology Extremity Magnetic Resonance Imaging Task Force. Arthritis Rheum. 2006; 54:1034-1047.
  50. Shmerling R. Ask the doctor. My rheumatoid arthritis gives me trouble in spite of my medications. I have read that statins, in addition to lowering cholesterol, also calm inflammation. Would taking a statin help my arthritis? Harv Heart Lett. 2006 Jan; 16(5):8. PMID: 16450445.
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  51. Shmerling RH. Diagnostic tests for rheumatic disease: clinical utility revisited. South Med J. 2005 Jul; 98(7):704-11; quiz 712-3, 728. PMID: 16108239.
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  52. Shmerling RH . Understanding Why Your Doctor Might Say No . 2005.
  53. Shmerling RH . Arthritis, Medical Myths, Language of Medicine, Medical News topics in consumer website. 2005.
  54. Shmerling RH. Medical Doctors Versus Spin Doctors: Sorting Through Conflicting Information. 2004.
  55. Shmerling RH. Making Sense Of Medical Warnings. 2004.
  56. Nampiaparampil DE, Shmerling RH. A review of fibromyalgia. Am J Manag Care. 2004 Nov; 10(11 Pt 1):794-800. PMID: 15623268.
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  57. Shmerling RH. Pool Rules: What Your (Public Health) Doctor Is Saying . 2004.
  58. Shmerling RH. How To Understand When Your Doctor Talks Statistics. 2004.
  59. Shmerling RH. Understanding Your Prescription Slip . 2004.
  60. Smetana GW, Shmerling RH. Large Vessel Vasculitis - Temporal (Giant Cell) Arteritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica. In: Neurologic Involvement in Systemic Autoimmune Disorders, Handbook of Systemic Autoimmune Diseases; Erkan D, Levine SR, eds. 2004; 3:161-179.
  61. Shmerling RH . When Your Doctor Is Vague. 2003.
  62. Shmerling RH. Breast implants: continue to be cautious. Newsweek. 2003 Dec 08; 142(23):68. PMID: 14712564.
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  63. Shmerling RH. What Are the Odds? Understanding Risk . 2003.
  64. Shmerling RH. Autoantibodies in systemic lupus erythematosus--there before you know it. N Engl J Med. 2003 Oct 16; 349(16):1499-500. PMID: 14561791.
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  65. Shmerling RH. Learning From History. 2003.
  66. Smith CC, Bernstein LI, Davis RB, Rind DM, Shmerling RH. Screening for statin-related toxicity: the yield of transaminase and creatine kinase measurements in a primary care setting. Arch Intern Med. 2003 Mar 24; 163(6):688-92. PMID: 12639201.
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  67. Shmerling RH, Goldring SR. Intermittent infusions of zoledronic acid are as effective as daily bisphosphonates in increasing bone mineral density in port-menopausal women. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2003 Mar-Apr; 21(2):151-2. PMID: 12905962.
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  68. Schur PH, Shmerling RH. Laboratory Tests in Rheumatic Disorders. Rheumatology; Klippel JH, Dieppe PA, eds. 2003; 199-213.
  69. Shmerling RH. Dec. 27, 2002. Describing A Hospital Patient's Condition. 2002.
  70. Shmerling R, Ulbricht C, Basch E. Osteoarthritis. Options for arthritis pain. Newsweek. 2002 Dec 02; 140(23):53. PMID: 12501510.
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  71. Shmerling RH. The World Of Syndromes. 2002.
  72. Shmerling RH. Inflammatory Words. 2002.
  73. Mandl LA, Solomon DH, Smith EL, Lew RA, Katz JN, Shmerling RH. Using antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody testing to diagnose vasculitis: can test-ordering guidelines improve diagnostic accuracy? Arch Intern Med. 2002 Jul 08; 162(13):1509-14. PMID: 12090888.
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  74. Smetana GW, Shmerling RH. Does this patient have temporal arteritis? JAMA. 2002 Jan 02; 287(1):92-101. PMID: 11754714.
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  75. Shmerling RH, Liang MH . Arthralgias, Fibromyalgia and Raynaud’s Syndrome. Primary care of women, 2nd edition. Carlson KJ, Eisenstat SA, eds. 2002; 258-266.
  76. Shmerling RH . Medical Terminology - The Case For Accuracy. 2001.
  77. Shmerling RH. Coffee - Grounds for Concern? . 2001.
  78. Solomon DH, Shmerling RH, Schur PH, Lew R, Fiskio J, Bates DW. A computer based intervention to reduce unnecessary serologic testing. J Rheumatol. 1999 Dec; 26(12):2578-84. PMID: 10606365.
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  79. Shmerling RH. Rheumatology Section (Editor). In: Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (US Edition), Thaler ED, Longmore JM, Hope RA, eds. 1999.
  80. Shmerling RH. Immune System; Bones, Joints and Muscles (editor). In: Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide; Komaroff A, ed. 1999.
  81. Smith EL, Shmerling RH. The American College of Rheumatology criteria for the classification of systemic lupus erythematosus: strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. Lupus. 1999; 8(8):586-95. PMID: 10568894.
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  82. Shmerling RH. Rheumatoid arthritis. Drugs Today (Barc). 1998 Jul; 34(7):649-53. PMID: 14988764.
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  83. Shmerling RH. In: UpToDate, Rose, BD (Ed). Origin and utility of measurement of rheumatoid factors . 1998.
  84. Shmerling RH, Caliendo AM. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. A 70-year-old man with diarrhea, polyarthritis and a history of Reiter’s Syndrome. New England Journal of Medicine. 1998; 338:1830-1836.
  85. Shmerling RH, Liang MH. General laboratory evaluation of rheumatic diseases. Primer on the rheumatic diseases; Schumacher HR, ed. 1997; 94-97.
  86. Inui TS, Fabiny A, Levine DA, Battaglia M, and the Harvard Geriatric in Primary Care Initiative Faculty. . Harvard Medical School cluster group process for the collaborative development of faculty and curriculum in primary care geriatrics. 1997.
  87. Shmerling RH. Rheumatic disease: choosing the most useful diagnostic tests. Geriatrics. 1996 Nov; 51(11):22-6, 29-30, 32. PMID: 8918481.
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  88. Slater CA, Davis RB, Shmerling RH. Antinuclear antibody testing. A study of clinical utility. Arch Intern Med. 1996 Jul 08; 156(13):1421-5. PMID: 8678710.
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  89. Shmerling RH. Temporal arteritis . Cutaneous medicine and surgery: an integrated program in dermatology. Arndt KA, LeBoit PE eds. 1996; 515-518.
  90. American College of Rheumatology Ad Hoc Committee on Clinical Guidelines. Guidelines for the Initial Evaluation of the Adult Patient with Acute Musculoskeletal Symptoms. Arthritis and Rheumatism. 1996; 39:1-8.
  91. Moreland LW, Sewell KL, Trentham DE, Bucy RP, Sullivan WF, Schrohenloher RE, Shmerling RH, Parker KC, Swartz WG, Woodworth TG, et al. Interleukin-2 diphtheria fusion protein (DAB486IL-2) in refractory rheumatoid arthritis. A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with open-label extension. Arthritis Rheum. 1995 Sep; 38(9):1177-86. PMID: 7575710.
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  92. Shmerling RH. Synovial fluid analysis. A critical reappraisal. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 1994 May; 20(2):503-12. PMID: 8016423.
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  93. Shmerling RH. Synovial fluid analysis: a critical reappraisal. Rheumatic disease clinics of North America: diagnosis in rheumatic disease, Trentham DE, ed. 1994; 503-512.
  94. Shmerling RH, Delbanco TL. How useful is the rheumatoid factor? An analysis of sensitivity, specificity, and predictive value. Arch Intern Med. 1992 Dec; 152(12):2417-20. PMID: 1456851.
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  95. Hall FM, Shmerling RH, Aronson M, Faix JD. Case report 705. Osteosclerotic sarcoidosis. Skeletal Radiol. 1992; 21(3):182-5. PMID: 1604345.
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  96. Shmerling RH. Arthritis and rash. Manual of clinical problems in dermatology; Olbricht SM, Bigby ME, Arndt KA, eds. 1992; 282-290.
  97. Shmerling RH, Delbanco TL. The rheumatoid factor: an analysis of clinical utility. Am J Med. 1991 Nov; 91(5):528-34. PMID: 1951415.
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  98. Shmerling RH, Delbanco TL, Tosteson AN, Trentham DE. Synovial fluid tests. What should be ordered? JAMA. 1990 Aug 22-29; 264(8):1009-14. PMID: 2198352.
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  99. Shmerling RH, Parker JA, Johns WD, Trentham DE. Measurement of joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis with indium-111 chloride. Ann Rheum Dis. 1990 Feb; 49(2):88-92. PMID: 2317121; PMCID: PMC1003984.
  100. Shmerling RH, Trentham DE. Prolonged improvement in refractory rheumatoid arthritis after antithymocyte globulin therapy of brief duration. Arthritis Rheum. 1989 Nov; 32(11):1495-6. PMID: 2818668.
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  101. Shmerling RH. Finger pain. Prim Care. 1988 Dec; 15(4):751-66. PMID: 3068693.
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  102. Shmerling RH, Stern SH, Gravallese EM, Kantrowitz FG. Tophaceous deposition in the finger pads without gouty arthritis. Arch Intern Med. 1988 Aug; 148(8):1830-2. PMID: 3401106.
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  103. Shmerling RH, Bedell SE, Lilienfeld A, Delbanco TL. Discussing cardiopulmonary resuscitation: a study of elderly outpatients. J Gen Intern Med. 1988 Jul-Aug; 3(4):317-21. PMID: 3404292.
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  104. Parris WC, Oates JA, Kambam J, Shmerling R, Sawyers JF. Pre-treatment with somatostatin in the anaesthetic management of a patient with carcinoid syndrome. Can J Anaesth. 1988 Jul; 35(4):413-6. PMID: 2900085.
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  105. Shmerling RH. Finger Pain. Primary care clinics: musculoskeletal disease. Liang M, ed. 1988; 751-766.
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