Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthropathy, Historical Aspects: Part I

J Clin Rheumatol. 2013 Jun;19(4):193-8. doi: 10.1097/RHU.0b013e318293eaeb.


Psoriasis was probably described no later than the first century AD, and the term was coined in the second century. However, a clear association between descriptions recognizable as psoriasis and articular symptoms began in the 19th century. This review was from the English-language, German, and French literature. The development of the differentiation of psoriatic arthritis from clinically similar symptoms, including relevant serologic and radiologic findings and therapeutics with a focus up to the 1960s and the recognition of the efficacy of methotrexate, is reported.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / genetics
  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / history*
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease / history
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, Ancient
  • Humans
  • Hyperuricemia / history
  • Psoriasis / genetics
  • Psoriasis / history*
  • Publishing
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing / history
  • Terminology as Topic