August 1940

The Treatment of Rheumatism in General Practice.

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By W. S. C. Copeman. M.D., Physician in Charge of the Department of Chronic Rheumatic Diseases. West London Hospital. Price $4. Third edition. Pp. viii + 276. Baltimore: The Williams and Wilkins Company, 1939.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;66(2):528. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190140236013

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Just as it always is pleasant to meet an attractive person, so it is equally pleasant to be introduced to an attractive book. "The Treatment of Rheumatism in General Practice" falls in this category.

The first edition was published in 1933. It was two hundred and fifteen pages long, it sold for S3.25 in this country and it was highly spoken of by the critical minded. Our colleague, The Journal of the American Medical Association (102: 397-398 [Feb. 3] 1934), gave it a very favorable review. It was pointed out that there were a few,minor faults in the book, particularly omission of any bibliographic references to the eighty authors mentioned, lack of discussion of gout, the disease so regularly mistaken by American physicians for rheumatic fever or chronic arthritis, and little description of the methods available for desensitization and immunization in arthritis. But, on the whole, The Journal liked the

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