Ali S. M. Jawad, Department of Rheumatology, The Royal London Hospital, Bancroft Road, London E1 4DG, UK.
Sir James Paget’s seminal description of the clinical findings of the bone disease that now bears his name in 1877 holds true today, but his reference to the disease as osteitis deformans, implying an inflammation of the bone, is not accurate, and it is now called osteodystrophia deformans.
Paget’s original case report is reproduced here, together with photographs of Paget’s first case, which are linked to the publication by the addendum of the correct reference. The photographs are from the pathology museum of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and we believe that this is the first time that the photographs and the case report have been published together.
We are grateful to the pathology museum at St Bartholomew’s Hospital for permission to post up the photographs, and we would like to thank the medical photography department at St Bartholomew’s Hospital for their kind help.