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June 15, 1994


Author Affiliations

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Philadelphia

JAMA. 1994;271(23):1880. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510470084043

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This textbook is a departure from everything that has preceded it. Amidst the veritable flood of publications in rheumatology, the heavy volume will, I predict, become the one most consulted by students, residents, fellows, and nonrheumatologic physicians and will also, albeit surreptitiously, become a reference for the specialist. The listing of contributors fills ten pages and with few exceptions reads like a Who's Who of contemporary international rheumatology.

The 18 sections are color coded for easy locating. The chapters are lavishly illustrated with photographs, charts, graphs, drawings, and tables, all in color. Finally, maps are provided when appropriate (eg, to illustrate why Behçet's disease is known for its Silk Route distribution, in an excellent overview by Hasan Yazici of Istanbul).

The format was spelled out to the authors beforehand, so there is uniformity to the presentations. Information within the covers includes most of what other comprehensive texts encompass, plus excellent

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