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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Tarek Kteleh, MD (Washington University Medical Center)
Description: This is an outstanding review of rheumatoid arthritis, its diagnosis and treatment.
Purpose: This update covers a broad range of topics, including clinical disease expression, current knowledge of pathogenesis, role of the multidisciplinary team, and an overview of conventional drug therapies.
Audience: The book is of value for primary care practitioners, junior hospital doctors, and those training in rheumatology as well as all those involved in the care of arthritic patients or in the pharmaceutical industry with an interest in rheumatic diseases. It is well designed to meet the needs of this varied readership, especially physicians who are seeing patients with rheumatoid arthritis on a regular basis.
Features: A wide range of information practitioners need to know about rheumatoid arthritis is covered, including its pathology, clinical features, and both the traditional and the most current therapy. Pictures illustrate a few of the clinical signs of rheumatoid arthritis and a few figures help explain the mechanism of some drug actions, such as Cox2 inhibitors.
Assessment: This is a useful book for anyone who deals with rheumatoid arthritis patients. It is beneficial for an understanding of how to treat rheumatoid arthritis and to translate the theoretical information into daily practice.