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From The CriticsReviewer: Chris Phillips, MD (Washington University Medical Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive yet concise overview of clinically relevant issues in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
Purpose: The purpose appears to be to provide a clinically relevant overview of this important subject. This is a reasonable goal, and the authors succeed in presenting clinically useful information to guide the diagnosis and treatment of patients with this disease.
Audience: Physicians in practice, both fellows and attendings, appear to be the intended audience, and the book is appropriate for this level of training. The first author is one of the world authorities on the subject.
Features: The book covers the history of the disease, its clinical manifestations, and pertinent diagnostic steps, as well as medical and nonmedical therapeutic considerations. Each of these areas is covered in a level of detail which exceeds most practitioners' pre-existing knowledge base, yet without being overwhelming or losing clinical relevance.
Assessment: This is a high quality and useful reference for this field. Like many books of this genre, the therapeutic recommendations and bibliography risk becoming out of date quickly, but it is current at the time of publication