Description: This is a thorough update of an overview of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) pathogenesis and management. The previous edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an updated overview of rheumatoid arthritis pathogenesis/investigations/treatments and future advances. This concise, up-to-date book meets these objectives.
Audience: It is written for students, residents, practitioners, and rheumatologists. Both authors are well known in the field of rheumatology.
Features: This small book includes discussions of normal joint tissues, genetics in RA, pathogenesis of RA and osteoimmunology, epidemiology, articular and extra-articular manifestations, lab investigations/immunological testing/radiology imaging, new RA classification criteria, DAS scores, management (DMARDS and biologics), therapeutic developments. Particularly well developed areas are genetic factors, cartilage and bone destruction in RA, pathogenesis, immunologic investigations, new American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria for RA, biologics, and therapeutic developments.
Assessment: This book was so easy to read, I read it in an hour, yet I was amazed that it could update me so efficiently on the new evidence on rheumatoid arthritis, pathogenesis (especially genetics), and immunologic testing. This is a good overview of new ACR criteria, biologics, and mechanism of action with a brief discussion of the new advances in treatment.