Problems of Rheumatology

F. D. Hart
1965 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
This is an excellent book, well edited, well produced, and, for a work by many authors, very even in quality and interest. Emphasis, as its title implies, is on practical clinical considerations. It is a book, therefore, which should be useful to general practitioners as well as to specialists and to readers for M.B. and M.R.C.P. examinations. The authors are British except for five from the United States of America-Gene Stollerman, of Chicago, writing on rheumatic fever; James Kenney and Evan
more » ... alkins, of Buffalo, on amyloidosis; Peter Casagrande, also of Buffalo, on surgical rehabilitation of the upper extremity; and Henry Jordan, of New York, on haemophilic arthropathy. The editor contributes three very readable sections-on gout, osteoarthrosis of the knee, and rare arthropathies. References vary greatly in the different sections, from none in a chapter on low-friction arthroplasty by John Charnley to around 300 in the chapter on systemic diseases of connective tissue by E. G. L. Bywaters and J. T. Scott. Most give some 30 to 60 references on the subjects reviewed. This reflects the varying nature of the chapters. There are excellent chapters on Reiter's disease by J. A. H. Hancock and R. M. Mason; on ankylosing spondylitis by James Sharp, of Buxton ; on Still's disease by Miss Barbara Ansell ; on psoriatic arthropathy by Verna Wright, of Leeds; and the formidable, well-documented one already referred to on systemic disease of connective tissue. This is a publication well worth adding to one's own personal and hospital library, for it represents a fair cross-section of current opinion on the major practical clinical problems in rheumatology. The editor, authors, and publishers are to be congratulated on a most useful publication. F. DUDLEY HART.
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