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December 1963

The Rheumatic Diseases.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(6):1004. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860060216047

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A compact review of the various rheumatic diseases for the student or those whose major interest is outside this area has been produced by Dr. Kersley. Each arthritic syndrome is briefly described, and the current orientation toward it in modern practice is given. The author discusses a plan of management that reflects the views of most of the authorities in this field. The chapters are brief, are not broken by headings or tables, and the manner of presentation is almost conversational.

The strength of the text lies in several excellent chapters dealing with rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis, and gout. Each condition is fully described out of the extensive experience of the author. In an attempt to cover the plethora of other less common conditions that one might encounter, the author is compelled to give them only brief shrift. This obviously serves the purpose of bringing them to mind in

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