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June 1958

Rheumatic Diseases, Rheumatism and Arthritis.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1958;95(6):705. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1958.02060050709016

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This book is based largely upon the personal experience of the author at the arthritis clinic of the Boston Dispensary. It is written from the internist's point of view, but pediatricians will find it to be a good guide. Emphasis is upon clinical observations and therapy. The approach is practical, and the coverage, comprehensive. It will not serve as a source of detailed information, but there are well-chosen lists of references at the end of each chapter.

In some areas the recommendations are not current. For example, on page 80 penicillin is listed categorically as the most effective drug in staphylococcal infections. Erythromycin and novobiocin are not mentioned. Chlortetracycline is stated to be of value in typhoid fever, but chloramphenicol is not mentioned. For the treatment of tuberculosis, a combination of streptomycin and aminosalycilic acid is recommended, but isoniazid is not included.

There are a number of pertinent illustrations, but

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