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August 4, 1978

Copeman's Textbook of the Rheumatic Disease

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Hospital Pittsburgh

JAMA. 1978;240(5):482. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290050072029

The fifth edition of the most prestigious English textbook on rheumatology has been published eight years after the fourth. It has been enlarged by one eighth, and its contributors, who have increased from 30 to 39, are mostly internationally recognized authorities. Some of the emphasis has changed, in keeping with what we hope is progress. For example, a chapter on spa therapy has been deleted and an excellent presentation of "present concepts of immunopathology" added. Other particularly useful additions are chapters on electrodiagnosis and on arthrography. All of the most important diseases are presented adequately. However, the inclusion of some topics and the absence or brevity of citation of several others is perplexing. Why is O'nyong-nyong fever allotted as much space as Paget's disease, while relapsing panniculitis is mentioned neither as an independent entity nor as a manifestation of lupus erythematosus? Three fourths of a page seems grossly inadequate to