July 6, 1957

Rheumatic Diseases, Rheumatism and Arthritis

JAMA. 1957;164(10):1168. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980100124023

This book is intended as an introduction to the field of rheumatism for the practicing physician and postgraduate student. It is presented from an internist's viewpoint with special emphasis on clinical observation and therapy. The first half of the book deals with such subjects as history, anatomy, examination of the patient, laboratory procedure, and treatment in a general way. The remaining chapters deal with specific diseases in more detail.

In general, the author has presented a most diverse subject in a succinct readable form. The sections on history and physical therapy are particularly interesting. Unfortunately, some of the presentations are marred by views that do not reflect the generally accepted opinions arising out of more recent knowledge. For example, the statements "It is well known that certain people are susceptible to disease according to their build" and "Rheumatoid arthritis... is prevalent in coastal areas and in regions with little sunshine

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