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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John A. Robinson, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This monograph is yet another attempt to carve out an HIV/AIDS niche.
Purpose: Although the title suggests the thrust of the monograph will be devoted to allergy and rheumatology, a significant portion is devoted to the skin disease psoriasis and a simplified overview of somewhat outdated HIV immunology. Curiously, there is also a short chapter on the already well described HIV-linked adverse reaction to trimethoprim-sulfa methoxazole.
Audience: The intended audience would appear to be students, rheumatologists, dermatologists, and allergists.
Features: The book gets off to a poor start with both the preface and the introduction not only beginning with the same two sentences but also repeating the oft-stated, but never documented HIV "silver lining" theorem that this virus has greatly expanded our understanding of the immune system. Redundant discussions of the Reiter's disease and psoriaitic arthritis in both the psoriasis and the rheumatology chapters escaped editorial pruning.
Assessment: All of the chapters are written as literature reviews and in catalog format. All the topics have been addressed in greater detail in more comprehensive HIV texts. The chapter on rheumatologic manifestations might suffice as a review for medical students and residents, but the book in general cannot be recommended.