Clinical Primer of Rheumatology

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Clinical Primer of Rheumatology is designed as a concise, essential reference to aid practitioners in diagnosing and treating rheumatoid diseases. More than 200 photographs and many tables and charts provide easy access to information necessary to identify the cause of a patient's complaint and plan a course of therapy. Recommendations on when to refer a patient to a specialist are clearly indicated in the text. Comprehensive coverage of specific rheumatoid diseases is included along with information on sports and occupational-related pain syndromes.
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Reviewer: Deborah Jane Lenschow, MD, PhD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This book provides primary care physicians with an easy guide to the diagnosis and management of common arthritic and rheumatological diseases that are likely to be encountered during their daily practice.
Purpose: The authors' goals are to provide primary care physicians with a resource which provides easily accessible and clinically relevant information on regional pain syndromes, autoimmune diseases, degenerative disorders, and infectious arthropathies. They created this resource to assist physicians with understanding the exciting scientific advances which have been made in the field of rheumatology.
Audience: This book is written for the primary care physician who is increasingly being asked to make the initial diagnosis, and at times care for patients with a variety of arthritic or rheumatological conditions. The editors have selected a panel of respected specialists in the field of rheumatology to contribute to this primer.
Features: This primer is divided into five distinct sections covering sports-related and occupational injuries, rheumatic diseases, osteoarthritis and metabolic bone disease, infectious arthritis, and therapeutics. The chapters are uniformly arranged to provide readers with easy access to information on a given topic. Illustrations, in particular the X-rays, provide the clinician with relevant information for making the correct diagnosis. A limited number of color plates are also provided to demonstrate the various dermatological manifestations of rheumatic disorders. Although this primer is meant to be a concise review of rheumatology, a few areas are not adequately covered. There is minimal discussion on anti-phospolipid antibody syndrome which often affects patients with a variety of rheumatologic conditions. Furthermore, unlike the other chapters in this primer which at least provided basic information on treatment, the chapter covering rheumatoid arthritis (RA) contains no discussion on the treatment options for RA, including the initial treatments which are often initiated by primary care physicians. While the final section on therapeutics provides information on the various medications used for the treatment of rheumatic diseases, including RA, it does not clearly outline the treatment rationale for RA. This goes against the stated goals of the authors to provide the primary care physician with easy access to the necessary information. Given the prevalence of RA, this is an important oversight.
Assessment: This book does not provide the same degree of detail, in particular on treatments, as the Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases, 12th edition, by Klippel et al. (Arthritis Foundation, 2001). However, the authors have designed this primer for the "busy physician seeking an active tool in primary care," and have not targeted practicing rheumatologists. This book does provide primary care physicians with a useful resource to assist with the diagnosis of rheumatologic disorders.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780683306484
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,515,909
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

  2. Evaluation of Patients with Rheumatic Disorders 3
    Gustavo R. Heudebert


  3. Cervical Spine Pain 11
    Joe G. Hardin and James T. Halla
  4. Low Back Pain and Lumbar Stenosis 22
    J. D. Bartleson
  5. The Painful Shoulder 43
    Dennis W. Boulware
  6. Painful Feet 48
    Joseph J. Biundo and Perry J. Rush
  7. Mechanical Disorders of the Knee 62
    Dennis W. Boulware
  8. Nerve Entrapment Disorders 70
    Kenneth K. Nakano
  9. Temporomandibular Disorders 79
    M. Franklin Dolwick
  10. Fibrosing Syndromes 86
    Wilmer L. Sibbitt, Jr., and Randy R. Sibbitt


  11. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Clinical Aspects 97
    James R. O'Dell
  12. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis) 116
    Robert W. Warren, Andrew P. Wilking, Maria D. Perez, Martha R. Curry, and Barry L. Myones
  13. The Seronegative Spondyloarthropathies 127
    Dennis W. Boulware, Frank C. Arnett, Jr., John J. Cush, Peter E. Lipsky, Robert M. Bennett, Herman Mielants, Filip De Keyser, and Eric M. Veys
  14. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 164
    Michelle Petri
  15. Systemic Sclerosis and Raynaud Syndrome 171
    Thomas A. Medsger, Jr.
  16. Inflammatory Myopathies: Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, and Related Conditions 182
    Frederick W. Miller
  17. Vasculitis 199
    Kenneth E. Sack
  18. Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Temporal Arteritis 206
    Ramesh Kumar
  19. Unclassified or Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease 213
    Graciela S. Alarcón
  20. Rheumatic Fever, Sjögren Syndrome, and Relapsing Polychondritis 220
    Yusuf Yazici and Allan Gibofsky
  21. Fibromyalgia 226
    Graciela S. Alarcón
  22. Pregnancy and Rheumatic Diseases 236
    Michael D. Lockshin


  23. Osteoarthritis 245
    Carlos J. Lozada and Roy D. Altman
  24. Gout and Crystal-Induced Synovitis 262
    Dennis W. Boulware, Michael A. Becker, and N. Lawrence Edwards
  25. Osteopenic Bone Diseases 278
    Kenneth G. Saag, Sarah L. Morgan, and Bruce A. Julian
  26. Osteonecrosis 296
    Kenneth A. Jaffe
  27. Arthropathies Associated with Systemic Diseases 304
    Janet M. Kim


  28. Bacterial Arthritis 315
    Arthur Kavanaugh
  29. Arthritis Due to Mycobacteria, Fungi, and Parasites 321
    Maren Lawson Mahowald
  30. Lyme Disease 342
    Stephanie Ann Call
  31. Viral Arthritis 350
    Marta L. Cuellar and Luis R. Espinoza


  32. Techniques of Arthrocentesis and Injection Therapy 357
    Gerald F. Moore
  33. Monitoring of Patients on Antirheumatic Therapy 368
    W. Winn Chatham
Subject Index 381
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