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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: JISNA PAUL, MD (Washington University Medical Center)
Description: This book presents a simplified approach to the radiographic diagnosis of arthritic disease, employing excellent illustrations.
Purpose: It is not meant to be a reference as it only illustrates the hallmarks of particular arthropathies. It meets the objectives, serving as an easy guide to approaching radiographs on unknown arthritic disease.
Audience: It is designed for practicing general radiologists, family practitioners, internists, and rheumatologists. It may not be as useful as a guide for students/residents as it lacks references and does not cover every aspect of a particular disease.
Features: This book covers the radiographic hallmarks of the more common arthropathies. It is organized based on body part, while the second half of the book deals with each arthropathy in detail. The authors have done an excellent job of highlighting the important hallmarks of a particular disease in the pictures. For example, the section on rheumatoid arthritis covers all the major radiologic points, backed by excellent pictures. The only shortcoming is that the book does not cover every aspect of a particular disease. However, as the authors state in the preface, this is not meant to be a reference.
Assessment: The fact that the book is basic and simple is one of its best aspects. The illustrations and picture quality are excellent, making this useful as an easy guide for day-to-day practice.