Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases / Edition 13

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Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases are a leading cause of disability and affect more than 46 million Americans (including 300,000 children). The Primer is designed to provide up-to-date information about the major clinical syndromes. It is one of the most prestigious and comprehensive texts on arthritis and related diseases, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, lupus and more than one hundred others. It offers medical students and physicians a concise description of the current science, diagnosis, clinical consequences, and principles of management. Now entering its eighth decade, the 13th Edition of The Primer strongly rejects the notion "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". New and expanded chapters heighten the translational nature of this edition, and color figures depict cutaneous findings and histopathology. In view of the recent remarkable strides in understanding and treating rheumatic disease, students, trainees, and practicing clinicians all need a standard textbook that can change with the times and reflect these advances. The Primer continues to fill that need.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Alfred H Kim, MD, PhD (Washington University Medical Center)
Description: This is the 13th edition of one of the most comprehensive and authoritative references in rheumatology, expanding on the excellent 12th edition published in 2001.
Purpose: This primer is designed to provide the most up-to-date information on virtually every disease encountered by rheumatologists and others who treat patients with rheumatologic diseases. This edition is impressively thorough, covering everything from the evaluation of the patient to current and novel therapeutic strategies to the latest basic science data describing possible mechanisms of disease and therapies. The editors accomplish this Herculean task brilliantly, although the length of some chapters may make it difficult to crystallize the information.
Audience: The book is designed for anyone interested in learning in detail about rheumatology. From students to skilled rheumatologists, all will benefit from this reference. The authenticity of the information cannot be doubted, as the leading authorities in rheumatology contributed to this effort. The only people this book may not be appropriate for are healthcare professionals just trying to learn the essence of a disease and primary treatment options — the detail may overwhelm this audience.
Features: A wide spectrum of rheumatologic conditions is covered, such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitides, osteoporosis, pain syndromes, and periodic syndromes, and many others. Essentially, almost every condition in rheumatology is covered. The strength of this book continues to be its emphasis on evaluation and treatment. New to this edition is a chapter on the molecular and cellular basis of immunity with a description of pathogenesis for all major rheumatologic conditions. The breadth of this reference is apparent from the first chapter, on the public health impact of arthritis, to the last chapter, on complementary and alternative therapies.
Assessment: The Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases has grown from a 52-page pamphlet in 1934 to a 700+ page book of 44 chapters and three appendixes with this edition. These pages contain the foremost authoritative and current information on virtually every rheumatologic condition. By combining information useful to clinicians (i.e. evaluation and treatment) with data from the latest clinical trials and bench research (which is inadequately covered in the 12th edition), this edition now sets the benchmark (along with Klippel and Dieppe's two-volume Rheumatology) for other references.
From the Publisher

From the reviews of the thirteenth edition:

"... These chapters are as up-to-date as the latest journals ... Any physician who reads the book may feel no need for specialist referral, but rheumatologists will, in fact, feel more confident and assured as they offer their diagnoses and recommend treatment options ..." (G.E. Ehrlich, JAMA, March 2008)

"This primer is designed to provide the most up-to-date information on virtually every disease encountered by rheumatologists and others who treat patients with rheumatologic diseases. … The book is designed for anyone interested in learning in detail about rheumatology. From students to skilled rheumatologists, all will benefit from this reference." (Alfred H. Kim, Doody’s Review Services, January, 2009)

"A textbook divided into 44 parts, some with several chapters presenting a complete overview of rheumatology including juvenile arthritis. The description of each entity is divided into epidemiology, etiology including genetics, patho-physiology and clinic. There are many illustrations, tables and references. For students, interns, residents, practitioners and their teachers. The number of editions proves its popularity." (Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews, Vol. 6 (3), March, 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387356648
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Edition description: 13th Corrected ed. 2008. Corr. 2nd printing 2008
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 721
  • Sales rank: 366,034
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Public Health and Arthritis: A Growing Imperative (Patience H. White and Rowland W. Chang).-Evaluation of the Patient; A. History and Physical Examination (David B. Robinson and Hani S. El-Gabalawy); B. Laboratory Assessment (Kerstin Morehead); C. Arthrocentesis, Synovial Fluid Analysis, and Synovial Biopsy (Kenneth H. Fye); D. Imaging of Rheumatologic Diseases (William W. Scott, Jr., William J. Didie, and Laura M. Fayad).- Signs and Symptoms of Musculoskeletal Disorders; A. Monarticular Joint Disease (H. Ralph Schumacher and Lan X. Chen); B. Polyarticular Joint Disease (Sterling West); C. Neck and Back Pain (David Borenstein); D. Regional Rheumatic Pain Syndromes (Joseph J. Biundo, Jr.); E. The Fibromyalgia Syndrome (Dina Dadabhoy and Daniel J. Clauw).- Molecular and Cellular Basis of Immunity and Immunological Diseases (Kevin Elias, Richard Siegel, and John J. O’Shea).- Genetics and Disease (James Kelley and Robert P. Kimberly).- Rheumatoid Arthritis; A. Clinical and Laboratory Manifestations (Christopher V. Tehlirian and Joan M. Bathon); B. Epidemiology, Pathology, and Pathogenesis (Jean-Marc Waldenburger and Gary S. Firestein); C. Treatment and Assessment (Alyce M. Oliver and E. William St. Clair).- Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis; A. Clinical Features (Daniel J. Lovell); B. Pathology and Pathogenesis (Patricia Woo); C. Treatment and Assessment (Philip J. Hashkes and Ronald M. Laxer); D. Special Considerations (Carol B. Lindsley).- Psoriatic Arthritis; A. Clinical Features (Dafna D. Gladman); B. Pathology and Pathogenesis (Christopher Ritchlin); C. Treatment and Assessment (Philip J. Mease).- Ankylosing Spondylitis; A. Clinical Features (Désirée Van der Heijdt); B. Pathology and Pathogenesis (Juergen Braun); C. Treatment and Assessment (John C. Davis, Jr.).- Reactive and Enteropathic Arthritis (Robert D. Inman).- Osteoarthritis; A. Clinical Features (Paul Dieppe); B. Pathology and Pathogenesis (Francis Berenbaum); C. Treatment (Leena Sharma).- Gout; A.Clinical Features (N. Lawrence Edwards); B. Epidemiology, Pathology, and Pathogenesis (Hyon K. Choi); C. Treatment (Robert A. Terkeltaub).- Calcium Pyrophosphate Dihydrate, Hydroxyapatite, and Miscellaneous Crystals (Geraldine McCarthy).- Infectious Disorders; A. Septic Arthritis (George Ho, Jr.); B. Viral Arthritis (Leonard H. Calabrese); C. Lyme Disease(Linda K. Bockensted); D. Mycobacterial, Fungal, and Parasitic Arthritis (Steven R. Ytterberg); E. Rheumatic Fever (Stanford Shulman and Preeti Jaggi).- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus; A. Clinical and Laboratory Features (Jill P. Buyon); B. Epidemiology, Pathology and Pathogenesis (David S. Pisetsky); C. Treatment and Assessment (Susan Manzi and Amy H. Kao).- Antiphospholipid Syndrome (Michelle Petri).- Systemic Sclerosis; A. Clinical Features (Maureen D. Mayes); B. Epidemiology, Pathology, and Pathogenesis (John Varga); C. Treatment and Assessment(Maya H. Buch and James R. Seibold).- Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies; A. Clinical Features (Robert L. Wortmann); B. Pathology and Pathogenesis (Lisa G. Rider and Frederick W. Miller); C. Treatment and Assessment (Chester V. Oddis).- Metabolic Myopathies (Alan N. Baer).- Sjögren’s Syndrome (Troy Daniels).- Vasculitides; A. Large Vessel Vasculitis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica (Cornelia M. Weyand and Jörg J. Goronzy); B. Polyarteritis Nodosa (Keith T. Rott); C. The Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody–Associated Vasculitides: Wegener’s Granulomatosis, Microscopic Polyangiitis, and the Churg-Strauss Syndrome (John H. Stone); D. Immune Complex-Mediated Vasculitis (Philip Seo); E. Miscellaneous Vasculitis (Behcet’s Disease, Primary Angiitis of the Central Nervous System, Cogan’s Syndrome, and Erythema Elevatum Diutinum) (Kenneth T. Calamia and Carlo Salvarani); F. Kawasaki’s Disease (Barry L. Myones).- Relapsing Polychondritis(Harvinder S. Luthra).- Adult Onset Still’s Disease (John M. Esdaile).- Periodic Syndromes (John G. Ryan and Daniel L. Kastner).- Less Common Arthropathies; A. Hematologic and Malignant Disorders (Adel G. Fam); B. Rheumatic Disease and Endocrinopathies (Peter A. Merkel); C. Hyperlipoproteinemia and Arthritis (Robert F. Spiera); D. Neuropathic Arthropathy (Ann K. Rosenthal); E. Dermatologic Disorders(Jeffrey P. Callen); F. Hypertrophic Osteoarthropathy (Manuel Martinez-Lavin).- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Geoffrey Littlejohn).- Sarcoidosis (Edward S. Chen).- Storage and Deposition Diseases (Duncan A. Gordon).- The Amyloidoses(Pasha Sarraf and Jonathan Kay).- Neoplasms of the Joint (Andrew J. Cooper, James D. Reeves, and Sean P Scully).- Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue (Reed Edwin Pyeritz).- Bone and Joint Dysplasias (William A. Horton).- Osteonecrosis(Thorsten M. Seyler, David Marker, and Michael A. Mont).- Paget’s Disease of Bone(Roy D. Altman).- Osteoporosis; A. Epidemiology and Clinical Assessment (Kenneth G. Saag); B. Pathology and Pathophysiology (Philip Sambrook); C. Treatment of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis (Nelson B. Watts).- Rehabilitation of Patients with Rheumatic Diseases (Thomas D. Beardmore).- Psychosocial Factors in Arthritis (Alex Zautra and Denise Kruszewski).- Self-Management Strategies (Teresa J. Brady).- Pain Management (John B. Winfield).- Therapeutic Injections of Joints and Soft Tissues (Juan J. Canoso).- Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (Leslie J. Crofford).- Glucocorticoids (Frank Buttgereit and Gerd-Rüdiger Burmester).- Operative Treatment of Arthritis (Joseph A. Buckwalter and W. Timothy Ballard).- Complementary and Alternative Therapies (Erin L. Arnold and William J. Arnold)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2010

    Good Textbook

    This is an excellent comprehensive textbook on rheumatology, equally useful for medical students and residents and non-rheumatology attendings as well as providing a good general read for rheumatologists. I highly recommend it.

    I own a paper copy of this book and access it online as well and both work excellently. Unfortunately I bought the copy from BN to read on my iPad with the Nook app but textbooks don't download to the Nook app even thought I bought it that way and the book cover shows up in the app. I was told that the device is too small to display the text. I disagree as I already read it in PDF format on my iPad. Hopefully the publisher and BN will fix this. I got a refund but would defiately buy it when available in the format want.

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