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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Saba Beg, MD (Washington University Medical Center)
Description: This is a very comprehensive summary of the various aspects of scleroderma, one of the most complex and challenging autoimmune disorders to diagnose and treat.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the historical background of scleroderma, its pathogenesis, advances in research, diagnosis, and treatment.
Audience: This is a valuable resource not only for practicing rheumatologists, but also for any physicians who treat scleroderma patients, including gastroenterologists, nephrologists, primary care doctors, and residents.
Features: This book provides an excellent account of recent advances in the basic biology and genetics, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of scleroderma. The chapters describing the basic immunology and pathogenesis are well written and informative. A good number of illustrations and graphs make the subject more interesting and easier to comprehend.
Assessment: The book manages to be easy to understand while presenting a detailed discussion of the complex and challenging disease of scleroderma. It is a great resource for rheumatologists and other physicians who face the challenge of diagnosing and treating scleroderma patients. The authors have done an incredible job summarizing all the recent research and advances in this area.