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August 13, 1982

Rheumatoid Arthritis

JAMA. 1982;248(6):760. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330060084052

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This is a small book, and its 200 pages can be read with profit in a couple of hours. The editor, who directs a rheumatic disease unit in Canada, has chosen his 13 contributors from various units affiliated with the University of Toronto, thus ensuring a sameness of approach and philosophy that gives more unity to the production. The theme is circumscribed, predominantly an approach to comprehensive management of arthritides, with the usual emphasis on rheumatoid arthritis.

The preliminary chapter discusses diagnosis and assessment, all-important if one is to plan a management program directly. After another chapter devoted to general approaches, specific drugs are discussed in the next four chapters, aspects of rehabilitation (including psychosocial matters) in the next two, surgery in the ninth chapter, with complications of the disease and of the treatment reserved for the next two and a summary for the last. Illustrative cases permit discussion of