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Book and Media Reviews
April 9, 2008

Arthritis Research: Methods and Protocols, Vol 1
Arthritis Research: Methods and Protocols, Vol 2

JAMA. 2008;299(14):1723-1724. doi:10.1001/jama.299.14.1723

The contemporary practice of rheumatology demonstrates the importance and value of translational research, typified by ever-expanding therapeutic options, largely biological-based, which have revolutionized this specialty. A working knowledge of available traditional as well as innovative basic research tools and techniques is certainly a necessity to perform creative bench research. It is also imperative that clinicians involved in translational research be familiar with the basic methods and protocols available to answer pertinent clinical questions. Moreover, the up-to-date clinician would appreciate a reference that succinctly characterizes and explains the evolving complex research techniques and methods used in research and clinical publications.