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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Chris Phillips, MD (Washington University Medical Center)
Description: Now in its fourth edition, this book provides a broad and comprehensive overview of rheumatology, serving as one of the two definitive textbooks in the field.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a definitive and up-to-date resource for the field of rheumatology, integrating current basic and clinical science.
Audience: The book is written for anyone seeking information related to rheumatology, whether or not they are subspecialists. It provides information of sufficient depth to satisfy subspecialists, while allowing less advanced readers to find useful information as well. The authors are all authorities in the field about which they write.
Features: From an overview of musculoskeletal anatomy, to immunology, to the various specific rheumatologic diseases, to the various therapeutic modalities, the book covers rheumatology. The outline of each chapter is predictable and makes for easy reading. The pictures are quite useful, and the tables are pertinent.
Assessment: This is a useful update of the 2004 edition, given the changes occurring in the rheumatology. It is of comparable quality to the other textbook in the field, Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology, 8th edition, Firestein, et al. (Elsevier, 2009), though slightly more bulky.