Description: In this excellent practical guide to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), the author gives a very up-to-date and evidence-based account of the disease. The previous edition was published in 2008
Purpose: Intended as a handbook to help clinicians, the book focuses on the pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with lupus. Such a book is necessary to provide a quick, overall summary of the latest facts in the field.
Audience: This is an excellent guide for any clinician who is interested in learning how to recognize lupus in their patients and wants advice on what to do next. From medical students to skilled specialists, all will benefit from this book.
Features: In 14 chapters, the author does an excellent job of covering lupus, from the history of the disease to innovative therapies to treat patients. The chapters are brief and tables are plentiful, which makes it very easy reading. Most parts are referenced with the latest literature, without being exhaustive. This is meant to be a diagnostic and management aid in routine practice, with an additional focus on the pathophysiology of the disease, rather than a reference on lupus. This update includes all the new research data, helping readers to get an overall picture of the current views on lupus pathogenesis and management.
Assessment: While there are state-of-the-art textbooks in the field of lupus for use as references, this serves its purpose as a handbook. A new edition is justified because of the new data on pathogenesis and treatment options. The author follows the basic principles for an excellent handbook keeping it simple and brief, with plenty of tables and an emphasis on providing the latest evidence.