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This concise textbook on arthritis and related connective-tissue diseases is a revised and updated edition by 12 faculty members of one of the leading departments of rheumatology in the United States. It was originally designed to supplement an intensive review course for general internists, but will serve well as an authoritative source for any student or practicing nonrheumatology physician or orthopedist who is seeking a brief introduction to the rapidly expanding field of rheumatology.
The subjects presented have been carefully selected to provide the essential facts about the clinical presentations and laboratory procedures needed to establish a diagnosis and also the basic methods of management of each of the most commonly encountered types of rheumatic diseases. It should be stressed that this small volume is an elementary textbook or primer and does not cover any disease entity in depth.
Major recent advances in knowledge of the rheumatic diseases include the
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