Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for software
Despite the proliferation of texts in rheumatology, they are not fungible. Each has different strengths, and this work, revised from the well-received first edition, proves its mettle once again. The organization is especially attractive, with a plethora of flow charts detailing diagnostic and treatment algorithms and triages. These well thought out tables and figures will aid the family practitioner (now chosen as the first defense against rheumatism by some health maintenance organizations) and the nascent rheumatologist in training or in practice and can serve even the experienced specialist well. I would imagine that, in countries in which rheumatologic care is provided by orthopedists (such as those of Southeast Asia), these guides would be particularly welcome. The many color illustrations enhance the generally excellent text.
RheumatologyOxford Textbook of Rheumatology. JAMA. 1998;280(13):1198-1199. doi:10.1001/jama.280.13.1198-JBK1007-3-1