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Dr. Traut's very comprehensive discussion of the rheumatic diseases represents a laudible effort to compile and organize information on medical musculoskeletal diseases.
The chapter entitled "The Ocular Manifestations of Rheumatic Diseases," by Dr. William F. Hughes Jr., is of special interest to the ophthalmologist. The author gives an excellent comprehensive discussion of the ocular involvement associated with generalized collagenous diseases, gout, Reiter's disease, Bechet's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and Marie-Strümpell disease. The close relationship of certain conditions in the eye, such as scleritis and iritis, to involvement of the collagen tissue in an anaphylactic type of hypersensitivity is emphasized in the discussion.
The treatment of rheumatic and related ocular conditions is well presented, with special emphasis on their response to corticotropin and cortisone.
The biblniography is most thorough. It includes the basic articles dealing with the systemic and ocular pathological processes occurring in rheumatic diseases, as well as recent reviews of
Rheumatic Diseases: Diagnosis and Treatment.. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1953;50(3):399–400. doi:10.1001/archopht.1953.00920030406032