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December 1949

Textbook of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1949;84(6):1022. doi:10.1001/archinte.1949.00230060179018

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This beautifully printed and profusely illustrated book is a cooperative effort on the part of some two dozen British physicians to cover comprehensively the subject of the "rheumatic diseases." Introductory chapters on history, anatomy and physiology of pain and anatomy and physiology of joints give some idea of the thoroughness of the approach. The various rheumatic diseases are then taken up systematically, with final sections on such specific topics as the radiology of rheumatic disease, radiotherapy, physiotherapy and psychiatric aspects. Each section is followed by a bibliography, many of them comprehensive. Most of the discussions are adequate, although that on rheumatic fever, comprising only 10 in a book of some 600 pages, seems perhaps too brief; however, further material on this most important "disease" is given later in the volume. The illustrations, some in color, and the reproductions of roentgenograms are outstanding. The book is certainly a landmark on the

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