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August 27, 1982

Drug Treatment of Rheumatic Diseases

Author Affiliations

Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital Philadelphia


edited by F. Dudley Hart, ed 2; 214 pp, with illus, $22.50, New York, ADIS Press (Littleton, Mass, John Wright-PSG), 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(8):994-995. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330080068043

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Only three years after the first edition of this book appeared, another edition is at hand. This serves as testimony to the rapid developments in rheumatology, specifically in the areas of drug treatment of rheumatic diseases.

The book discusses in brief but more than adequate fashion the various drugs now available in England, which include almost all of those available in the United States and many more that are only on the horizon here. It describes some sensible approaches to pain and the treatment thereof, and the kind of planning necessary to decide what one aims for before administering any specific drugs. For this section on clinical pharmacology, the editor, venerable for his long identification with therapeutics if not for his years (this book again shows him as always youthful), has had the collaboration of Dr Edward Huskisson, equally well known internationally as an exponent of contemporary drug therapy. Dr