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From The CriticsReviewer: Vladimir N Despotovic, MD (Washington University Medical Center)
Description: This well written and thoughtfully detailed book about psoriatic arthritis appeals to a broad audience.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate the general public, primarily patients with psoriatic arthritis and their caregivers, about the disease. For motivated readers, the book performs beautifully at fulfilling these goals.
Audience: The authors wrote this book primarily for patients and their caregivers, but the detailed information makes it appropriate for healthcare professionals in contact with patients with the disease. The book does not presume any prior medical training or knowledge of terminology.
Features: It takes a very systematic approach to introducing different aspects of the disease and building on the fundamentals introduced at the beginning. It is a detailed, yet clearly written look at the epidemiology, etiology, classification, diagnosis, pharmacologic, and nonpharmacologic therapy. The authors also write about their own clinical experience and the future directions in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Particularly useful to readers with no formal medical knowledge is the glossary of medical terms used in the book and the myth and fact highlights of common misconceptions. Patients will appreciate the list of professional and patient advocacy societies throughout the world.
Assessment: This is a well thought out, easy to read and understand book about psoriatic arthritis. It introduces basic concepts about the disease and expands upon them. Although written for the general public, the book includes a level of detail that will make it helpful for health professionals in contact with psoriatic arthritis patients.