This rheumatologic textbook, by only four authors working together, is designed for the resident or fellow preparing for board examinations and for the physician who wants a comprehensive textbook that is not as detailed, heavy, or expensive as the major tomes recently published (by Kelley et al and McCarty). The authors admit that a spate of recent publications has said probably all that can be said at the moment about these rheumatic diseases, whose importance grows daily, especially because they are a leading source of disability and because of the controversies over medical coverage under diagnosis related groups.
The book succeeds in its mission, and provides—in workmanlike style, on large pages with large type and a good deal of white space—an overview of current knowledge. The spelling is British, which should not put one off. However, "tempro-mandibular" is a misspelling, not an English spelling.
The chapters on immunopathogenic mechanisms, connective-tissue