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This third volume on rheumatology in the series of Butterworths International Medical Reviews is, like the curate's egg, good in parts. It amplifies material available in a more sketchy form in other books (notably recent books on rehabilitation in arthritis) and provides new insights, as one would expect from any work associated with Nortin Hadler.
His recent essays and books provoke discussion and provide legitimacy for areas long eschewed by many of his "scientifically" oriented colleagues. Barring the fortuitous discovery of the miracle drug that ends arthritis forever, consideration for the patient in the societal constellation must perforce play a major role in treatment strategy. In my recent book, Rehabilitation Management of Rheumatic Conditions, I attempted to adumbrate the needs of the patient and solutions from the standpoint of rehabilitation; Hadler and Dennis Gillings, by and large, approach the same topic from the discipline of clinical epidemiology.
The first section,
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