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The study of rheumatic diseases has progressed in the past 3 decades from clinical observation to clarification of disease mechanisms through immunology, biochemistry, and therapy. The field of rheumatology has expanded rapidly. It is difficult to cover the entire subject in 492 pages but the authors have condensed an enormous amount of information into this general textbook. Unfortunately the condensation frequently fails to convey the editor's "excitement of studying the rheumatic diseases."
The book's major emphasis is on the study of immunologic and inflammatory processes but seems to be directed more to methods and research applications. Most of the chapters
Principles of Rheumatic Diseases.. Ann Intern Med. ;97:802–803. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-5-802_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(5):802-803.
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