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A testimony to the growth of information (if not always knowledge) about the rheumatic diseases is the proliferation of books and journals, which is now almost exponential. Only a few years ago, most of the articles in the field were case reports, with an occasional scientific study defining the discipline. The scientific studies soon were seen more frequently until one and then another journal devoted solely to the rheumatic diseases appeared. These nurtured some review articles; by this time, there were enough articles to warrant reviews. Several journals emerged that devoted their pages almost exclusively to review articles.
By definition, a review article presents what is known about a restricted aspect of a field—a disease, a syndrome, affliction of an organ, and mechanisms. Now we have reached a stage where even review articles may not be enough. Butterworths, a respected English publisher, has begun a series of review books in
Ehrlich GE. The Kidney and Rheumatic Disease. JAMA. 1983;249(10):1362–1363. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330340082044
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