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The On-line Archives of Rheumatology is a collection of scientific and educational material dealing with the clinical manifestations, laboratory investigations and the treatment of rheumatic diseases.
It was founded in 1996 at the beginning of the World Wide Web era by the staff of the Department of Rheumatology of the University of Padova.
At that time, modem connections used the telephone lines and could transmit data at 28,8 Kbit/s, and therefore the downloading of images was very slow. Moreover, the best SVGA monitor displayed only 800x600 pixels and therefore all images in our site were smaller than the actual standard. All our images were obtained by scanning colour slides, and for this reason the overall quality was lower than the one obtained with modern digital cameras.
We decided not to update our web site but leave it as it was at the time of its creation, as a sort of historical memory of the World Wide Web.
The original project contained the "On-line Atlas of Rheumatology" and later on the "On-line Atlas of Synovial Fluid". It also contained an area for peer reviewed publications which was later on discontinued, in which the papers were published as clinical observations, case reports, photo-essays (which included one or more images), reviews or simply as rheumatologic images.

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This site is reserved to medical practitioners as well as students.
It was not intended to provide informations to patients, therefore emails with questions about personal health problems will not be answered.

We subscribe to the HONcode principles of the Health On the Net Foundation

All contents copyright of the "On-line Archives of Rheumatology", 1996