November 1985

Management of Rheumatic Disorders,

Author Affiliations

Eugene, Ore


by J. M. H. Moll, 450 pp, $60, New York, Raven Press, 1984.

Arch Intern Med. 1985;145(11):1954. doi:10.1001/archinte.1985.00360110024005

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One need not look very long at Moll's Management of Rheumatic Disorders to realize that this is a unique rheumatology text. The table of contents alone separates this book from the standard rheumatology textbook. The third chapter is entitled "Communication: The Basis of Management"; this is a far cry from the typical obligatory chapter on "immune complexes" or "mediators of inflammation." Also, an entire 30 pages are devoted to "heterodox (nontraditional or unproven) procedures," including a bibliography of several pages.

Dr Moll has made a commitment to clinical rheumatology, which is apparent throughout this book. He has included chapters on rehabilitation, orthopedic surgery, local injections, and drug therapy. The chapters are practical in orientation but cover the subjects in depth. For example, the use of antimalarial compounds in rheumatoid arthritis is discussed, with lists of 32 references regarding their clinical efficacy and 62 references related to the compounds' toxicity. There

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