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October 22, 1955

Pelvo-Spondylitis Ossificans: Rheumatoid or Ankylosing Spondylitis. A Roentgenological and Clinical Guide to Its Early Diagnosis (Especially Anterior Spondylitis)

JAMA. 1955;159(8):827. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960250089046

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In this monograph, the disease we commonly know as rheumatoid spondylitis, is described under a new name, pelvospondylitis ossificans. The authors' purpose in writing the book appears to be to trace the course of this entity from its inception to the final stages. It is based mainly on clinical and roentgenographic observations in a large series of patients with rheumatoid spondylitis. The authors discuss clinical signs and symptoms of the early sacro-iliac involvement, as well as the spinal lesions and the paravertebral calcification noted in pelvospondylitis ossificans. The first part consists of descriptive material, and the second is devoted to roentgenograms of the various phases of rheumatoid spondylitis. The book is printed on good paper in a large type that is easily read. The illustrations might have served the reader better had they been incorporated with the descriptive material rather than confined to a separate section. The bibliography is complete,

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