vols 1 & 2, by William N. Kelley, Shaun Ruddy, Edward D. Harris, Jr, and Clement B. Sledge, 5th ed, 1904+ pp, with illus, $225, ISBN 0-7216-5692-7, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1997.
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Textbook of Rheumatology, familiarly known to a generation of physicians as "the Kelley," became a classic upon publication of the first edition in 1981. Regularly as clockwork, successive editions have appeared each 4 years, following upon presidential elections in the United States. Kelley has appeared without the provincialism that characterized most books of the preceding decades of the century, whose authors generally were recruited in a single country and reflected that style of medical thinking. The new Kelley recognizes the globalism of rheumatology. Some of the authors have come to prominence because of their leadership in OMERACT (Outcome Measures in Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical Trials), the international think tank that addresses new guidelines for unanimity.
The format reflects what has worked before for this text. The first two sections address the basics: the structure and function of joints, connective tissue, and muscle, and immune and inflammatory responses. The 34 pages
Ehrlich G. Textbook of Rheumatology. JAMA. 1997;277(21):1733-1734. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540450089045