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July 23, 1982

Principles of Rheumatic Diseases

Author Affiliations

Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital Philadelphia


edited by Richard S. Panush, 492 pp, with illus, $39.50, New York, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1981.

JAMA. 1982;248(4):478. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330040066044

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The flood of books on rheumatology continues. This newest entry comes in at just under 500 pages, but it is encyclopedic nevertheless. It is aimed primarily at the nonrheumatologist, especially students and house officers, but also physicians in practice. Like most textbooks, it describes diseases and processes well, but cannot be used if one starts with symptoms only. Thus, it is a traditional book, not a problem-oriented one, and one that is meant more to be consulted than read.

The 30 chapters divide naturally into six sections, the first a study of rheumatic diseases, the second immunology and inflammation, the third rheumatoid arthritis and related conditions, the fourth systemic rheumatic diseases, the fifth degenerative and metabolic diseases, and the sixth, nonarticular rheumatism. The young Turks who have written the book provide splendid tables, some useful graphs, and a few very good illustrations. In most chapters, the text runs by at