January 1969

Rheumatic Diseases.

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Edited by J. J. R. Duthie, MD, and W. R. M. Alexander, MD. Price, $10. Pp 296, with 86 figures and 72 tables. Williams & Wilkins Co., 428 E Preston St, Baltimore 21202, 1968.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(1):105. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300110107026

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Books discussing the rheumatic diseases, a steady trickle before 1964, now bid fair to become a raging torrent. We have had large books and small books discussing clinical syndromes, books discerning trends, books devoted to specific disorders, books oriented toward the laboratory, books by many authors, and books by few. Now comes one of the most important of all, not hurt one bit by the fact it represents the edited transcript of a symposium, which would normally be expected to be dull, repetitious, and of uneven quality. By some alchemy, Drs. Duthie and Alexander have edited the proceedings of the Third Symposium of the Pfizer Foundation at the Postgraduate Medical School, University of Edinburgh, 1967, so that they emerge fresh, provocative, and, at times, even witty. The clinician seeking clues to better diagnosis will be disappointed, but any reader will come away with a keener understanding of investigations and theories

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