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July 1970

Roentgen Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(1):177. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310070179036

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Roentgen Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis keeps the promise implicit in the title. Its 216 illustrations, many of them multiple, present pertinent diagnostic films. Few of these are concerned with late-stage disease, which is all to the good, since by then, diagnosis hardly requires roentgenographic confirmation; roentgenograms taken at such a time are more for the purpose of assessment for reconstructive surgery than diagnosis. Few films representative of other joint afflictions are included; they would imply differential diagnosis, and the authors, on the whole, eschew the comprehensiveness of an atlas. What one finds in these pages, then, is a set of excellently printed roentgenograms, many of them magnification views, representing diagnostic aspects of rheumatoid arthritis. Few original roentgenograms are as easy to study, as well taken, or as easy to comprehend as the views in these pages, augmented by graphs, clinical photographs, and pathological specimens where appropriate.

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