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The American College of Rheumatology (till 1985: American Rheumatism Association[1]) is an organization of and for physicians, health professionals, and scientists that advances rheumatology through programs of education, research, advocacy and practice support relating to the care of people with arthritis and rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.[2]

It organizes scientific meetings, publishes two medical journals (Arthritis & Rheumatology and Arthritis Care & Research), and promotes (through the Research and Education Foundation) research into rheumatological conditions, including the formulation of diagnostic criteria for diseases.[3] Its division, the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, represents non-physician health care professionals in the field.[2]

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  1. ^ Maria Antonelli, Cassandra Calabrese, Leonard Calabrese, Irving Kushner: "A Brief History of American Rheumatology",, 16 December 2015
  2. ^ a b American College of Rheumatology. "About the ACR". Archived from the original on 12 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
  3. ^ American College of Rheumatology. "Classification and Response Criteria for Rheumatic Diseases". Archived from the original on 25 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-27.

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