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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bradley W Ornstein, M.D.(Washington University Medical Center)
Description: The sixth edition of this book continues to provide comprehensive yet succinct information on the vast array of diseases confronted in pediatric rheumatology. Since the publication of the previous edition in 2005, there have been numerous advances in the treatment and understanding of many of these diseases, and the new edition brings this authoritative book up to speed.
Purpose: The book successfully "provide[s] comprehensive information regarding the rheumatic diseases of childhood" and "reflect[s] the clinical science of pediatric rheumatology, its codification as a distinct specialty, and the gratifying maturity that it has achieved."
Audience: It is geared towards specialists in pediatric rheumatology, adult rheumatologists who also care for children, or pediatricians seeking an authoritative book on the subject.
Features: Written by international experts in the field, the book begins with a description of joint structure/function, basic immunology, and therapeutics before moving into coherent reviews of the autoimmune, autoinflammatory, and other musculoskeletal diseases seen by pediatric rheumatologists. It also includes access to an online version of the book that contains additional figures and an exhaustive reference list.
Assessment: This remains the gold-standard reference in pediatric rheumatology and is a must-have for any physician caring for children with rheumatic diseases. This much-anticipated revision continues to provide a comprehensive and coherent review of the field. In addition to more up-to-date information on biologics, classification schemes, and disease pathophysiology, this edition also includes updates such as color figures, tables, and images in the book as well as access to an online version with additional information.