Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by William J. Koopman, 14th ed, 2683 pp, with illus, $259, ISBN 0-7817-2240-3, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001.
The roster of authors of this newest incarnation of America's oldest rheumatology text reads like a hall of fame of the profession. Slightly more than 60 years ago, Bernard Comroe wrote the first edition himself, and his untimely death put the fourth edition into the hands of his capable disciple Joseph Hollander. The University of Pennsylvania tradition continued when the latter's student, Daniel McCarty, first coedited and then took over the text, and he, in turn, passed it on to the current editor. The ninth edition, which was McCarty's last as sole editor, contained 88 chapters in 1407 pages. This 14th edition is almost twice as large, contains 131 chapters, and dramatically illustrates the distance rheumatology has traveled in the past half century, from being, as David Hawkins put it, the treatment of untreatable disease to qualifying as the most humane, progressively scientific, and least restrictive specialty in the internal medicine pantheon.
RheumatologyArthritis and Allied Conditions: A Textbook of Rheumatology, vols 1 and 2. JAMA. 2001;286(4):466-467. doi:10.1001/jama.286.4.466-JBK0725-2-1