August 22, 1980

Connective Tissue Diseases

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by Graham R. V. Hughes, ed 2, 277 pp, with illus, paper, $37.25, Oxford, England, Blackwell Scientific Publications St Louis, C. V. Mosby, distributors), 1979.

JAMA. 1980;244(8):839. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310080065036

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This book is not a primer, but a sophisticated guide to the clinical diagnosis and management of the connective tissue diseases. Written by Dr Graham Hughes, chief rheumatologist at the Hammersmith Hospital in London, it is full of practical advice and clinical wisdom. Dr Hughes follows in the footsteps of the noted Dr E. G. L. Bywaters of Hammersmith Hospital in lucidly presenting complex and stimulating scientific information.

The second edition of this rheumatologic review follows only two years after the first and therefore stays up-to-date in this rapidly changing field. Hughes's book is fluidly readable. It is nicely illustrated and well edited and contains recent references. The paperback edition is easy to pack in your briefcase and carry with you.

Connective Tissue Diseases is divided into sections discussing lupus erythematosus, Sjörgren's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, polymyositis, mixed connective tissue disease, polychondritis, the vasculitides, polymyalgia rheumatica, immunologic tests, and immune