Corticosteroids

  • Hilary A. Capell
  • T. J. Daymond
  • W. Carson Dick
Part of the Treatment in Clinical Medicine book series (TC MEDICINE)

Abstract

Corticosteroids have been used and abused in many conditions since their dramatic debut in 1948. This brief chapter will emphasise their toxicity, which may be considerable with prolonged use, while attempting to highlight indications for their prescription. Much of the relevant literature on the subject is more than 10 years old, and despite 30 years of use corticosteroids still exemplify the confusion and controversy which surround drug therapy in rheumatology.

Keywords

Toxicity Aspirin Pancreatitis Osteoarthritis Dexamethasone 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hilary A. Capell
    • 1
  • T. J. Daymond
    • 2
  • W. Carson Dick
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Centre for Rheumatic DiseasesGlasgowScotland
  2. 2.Sunderland District General HospitalSunderlandEngland
  3. 3.University of Newcastle upon TyneEngland
  4. 4.Royal Victoria InfirmaryNewcastle upon TyneEngland

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