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Orthopedists and rheumatologists, like cardiologists and pulmonologists, have an ambivalent relationship. We rheumatologists hate it when orthopedists order a culture on synovial fluid but neglect a cell count and a crystal search. We love it when our nonambulatory patients walk again after a total joint prosthesis placement. We hate to see failed back operations in patients with spondyloarthritis, but patients with spinal stenosis who are erect and ambulatory after surgery warm our hearts. Thus, with a sense of hopeful but wary anticipation, I agreed to write this review.
As expected, the orthopedic orientation predominates in this book, and the major
The Adult Spine: Principles and Practice. Ann Intern Med. ;116:782. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-9-782_1
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