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July 19, 1976

Pathology of Rheumatic Diseases

Author Affiliations

Boston University School of Medicine Boston

JAMA. 1976;236(3):309. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270030059039

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This 353 page monograph is a beautifully illustrated atlas of the author's extensive personal experience with the gross and microscopic pathology of selected rheumatic diseases. The bulk of the book deals with rheumatoid arthritis (about 130 pp) and rheumatic fever (about 60 pp), while short sections (10 to 25 pp) illustrate osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, nonarticular rheumatism, and experimental arthritis, with very brief sections on juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren syndrome. Thus, despite the title, the book is not a pathology text of all rheumatic diseases, for such commonly recognized disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, various types of vasculitis, and polymyositis are not discussed.

The author is a student of Klinge's, and some of the most interesting parts of the book delineate the latter's contributions to rheumatic disease pathology as extended by Fassbender's vast experience. In general, the selected light microscopic sections are well chosen and