July 1970

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis: Major Problems in Clinical Pediatrics

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Brooklyn, NY


vol 6. By Earl J Brewer, Jr, MD; consulting editor, Alexander J Schaffer. Price, $12.50. Pp 231. WB Saunders Co, 218 W Washington Sq, Philadelphia 19105, 1970.

Am J Dis Child. 1970;120(1):91. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100060125032

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As a clinically oriented pediatrician, I am very favorably impressed with this well-prepared monograph succinctly discussing the current knowledge concerning juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. From the first to the last page, this treatise focuses on the patient as the paramount issue and relates all information presented to the recognition, diagnosis, and management of the child with rheumatoid arthritis. The clinician is not burdened with excessive historical data and conflicting opinions, yet he is given an excellent selection of references for further study.

Chapters one through five cover the clinical manifestations, laboratory findings, and differential diagnosis in a logical, comprehensive, and factual manner. I am convinced that these sections will become standards for the recognition and diagnosis of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

Chapter six is a thorough review of the known and unknown psychological aspects of the disease. I would have liked to see a section on group counseling of parents. This technique

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