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From The CriticsReviewer: Tammy P Cheng, MD (Barnes-Jewish Hospital)
Description: Harrison's Rheumatology provides a worthy reference in the field of rheumatology with individual chapters written by leading experts in clinical rheumatology. This book provides a fairly comprehensive overview of rheumatological disorders.
Purpose: The purpose of Harrison's Rheumatology is to provide an updated introduction to clinical immunology and rheumatology. This book provides an important contribution to the field of internal medicine and rheumatology.
Audience: Primarily written for trainees in rheumatology, as well as practitioners seeking an updated introduction on rheumatology, this book provides authoritative information on relevant immunological principles and the diagnoses of rheumatic diseases.
Features: Harrison's Rheumatology covers a wide variety of connective tissue disorders cared for by rheumatologists. The information is concise yet thorough enough for a well-rounded introduction to rheumatology. This book provides excellent color illustrations and concise basic-science pathogenic mechanisms. Compared to other noted works for introductory rheumatology such as Primers in Rheumatic Diseases or Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Rheumatology, Harrison's Rheumatology fills a needed gap for a concise and well-referenced overview of rheumatology. One minor drawback is that this book does not delve into the details of therapeutic management.
Assessment: I think that this book is a very worthy contribution to the field of rheumatology. The authors did a very nice job of discussing the various differentials to be considered in the diagnoses of rheumatic disorders. This provides a helpful reference for clinicians in general internal medicine, as well as trainees rotating through rheumatology.