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September 19, 1953

Your Arthritis: What You Can Do About It

JAMA. 1953;153(3):256. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940200078026

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This small volume has been revised to include recent developments in the field of rheumatology. The book was written for the lay person with arthritis, to help him to understand better the nature of this disease and to aid him to appreciate the problems involved in his treatment It covers briefly the historical background of arthritis, prevalence of the disease, anatomy of articular structures, treatment of various types of arthritis, and prevention of deformities. There is a discussion of corticotropin, cortisone, and hydrocortisone, and a detailed review of their discovery. The book is printed in large, clear type and has a number of anatomic illustrations. The style is easy to follow.

The author fails, however, to achieve his objective in that the illustrations and text are far too technical for the average lay person. The book is too elementary to be used by physicians or medical students and is too

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