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Response to: Where are the women ‘Heroes and Pillars of Rheumatology’?
  1. Josef S Smolen
  1. Rheumatology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  1. Correspondence to Professor Josef S Smolen, Rheumatology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna A-1090, Austria; josef.smolen.ard{at}

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The comment on a gender imbalance in the ‘Heroes and Pillars of Rheumatology’ section of the Annals by Dalbeth and Neogi1 is highly appreciated. This comment provides yet another occasion to focus the readers’ and potential authors’ attention on the important opportunity to bring historic persons who have contributed immensely to the development of rheumatology to the forefront.

As noted originally,2 the idea of this section was not to highlight persons …

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