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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kevin M. Latinis, MD, PhD (Washington University Medical Center)
Description: This is the updated version of Klippel and Dieppe's highly successful first (1994) and second (1998) editions of Rheumatology (Mosby). It serves as a comprehensive resource for all aspects of rheumatology and the immunobiology of autoimmunity.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a readable, easy to navigate, and comprehensive resource targeted to a wide audience interested in rheumatology and its related clinical and scientific applications. Compiling these resources into one authoritative text is a Herculean task that the editors and a large panel of internationally acclaimed authors have successfully accomplished.
Audience: This book is written for "all practicing and academic rheumatologists as well as all arthritis related health care professionals and scientists interested in disorders of the musculoskeletal system." In reality, it is an outstanding reference for rheumatology trainees and beyond, scientists interested in the field of rheumatology, and allied health care practitioners in rheumatology. It is beyond the scope of medical students and residents, however. It is written by a consortium of experts, many of whom are leaders in their fields.
Features: The book covers all major and rarely encountered rheumatologic or autoimmune-related connective tissue diseases. It also provides valuable historical, economic, and epidemiologic perspectives in rheumatology. Additionally, it incorporates state-of-the art scientific studies and practice standards in all fields and subspecialties of rheumatology. Its color-coded sections make finding topics relatively easy. It has plentiful color figures and tables that are informative and succinct. Further, it integrates a CD version of figures and an online text version to allow easy browsing of content and incorporation into electronic slideshow presentations.
Assessment: This book serves as the leader in the field of rheumatology resources. Its outstanding organization and thoughtful design make it the ideal resource for anyone in the field. The third edition resolves some of the shortcomings of previous editions (such as the complicated page numbering system) and incorporates the rapidly evolving changes in scientific knowledge of the immune system and applications to clinical diseases.