Description: This is the third edition of a highly regarded textbook dealing exclusively and extensively with the management of osteoarthritis.
Purpose: This is a comprehensive book on osteoarthritis, perhaps the major cause of disability in the United States. Major advances have been made recently in the etiopathogenesis and possible new therapies. The authors are world-renowned experts in rheumatology and orthopedic surgery and they accomplish the objective of presenting the state-of-the-art in this disease..
Audience: This book will be useful as a main reference for all those interested in osteoarthritis. Attending physicians and trainees in rheumatology and orthopedics would benefit from this book, but it is perhaps too comprehensive for busy primary care and other healthcare providers.
Features: The first third of the book covers basic science aspects of cartilage and joints. There are chapters on genetics and experimental models of osteoarthritis. Most chapters are heavily referenced, some with almost 300 citations. The second third discusses the clinical presentation of osteoarthritis with a thorough chapter on secondary forms of osteoarthritis. The medical and surgical management are covered extensively in the last part of the book. A very interesting final chapter goes over the requirements for clinical trial design. There are many black-and-white pictures, most of them well reproduced.
Assessment: This book should be the standard reference for all those who take care of patients with osteoarthritis.