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The practice of rheumatology, to as great a degree as any other subspecialty of internal medicine, is based on the careful and detailed observation of physical findings made in close association with the evaluation of laboratory, radiographic, and pathologic data. The characteristic pattern of joint involvement, the small vasculitic lesion on a fingertip, the radiographic finding of an early erosion in a metacarpal head, or identification of a granuloma in a vessel biopsy sample, is important in determining specific diagnoses and severity of disease. A visual catalogue of these clinical findings has the potential to be a useful resource for
Atlas of Clinical Rheumatology.. Ann Intern Med. ;105:820–821. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-5-820_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(5):820-821.
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