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From The CriticsReviewer: Lesley M Davila, MD(Washington University Medical Center)
Description: This comprehensive reference provides descriptions and explanations of many arthritis diseases for the lay person.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide updated information on all things arthritis for the general population, including prevention and treatment options. Although this book is not the only option for accessing this information, it certainly has compiled a great deal of knowledge in one place.
Audience: The language and information provided is spot on target for the intended audience of lay readers.
Features: This is meant to provide information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of multiple forms of degenerative and inflammatory arthritis and other autoimmune disorders. It meshes both rheumatologic and orthopedic information as well as general living and well-being topics for the general population. It does an excellent job of covering topics often overlooked by physicians, such as complementary and alternative medicine, depression, stress, pregnancy, and occupational and financial concerns of patients with arthritis.
Assessment: This is a decent compendium for the lay audience to search for information about arthritis. It is a useful starting place for patients or their family members to obtain basic information. It is the only reference that I am aware that covers all things arthritis for the general population.