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When asked by the patient with a recently diagnosed connective tissue disease, the question "Will I be able to lead a normal life?" is difficult for the physician to address in an informed way. Thus, Prognosis in the Rheumatic Diseases, the first book addressing this topic, is a welcome addition. It summarizes data on prognosis and, perhaps even more importantly, highlights difficulties inherent in assessing the prognosis of these chronic diseases.
The topics for this multi-author book were well chosen. Included are discussions of most arthritides and diffuse connective disease syndromes, soft tissue rheumatism (fibrositis), low back pain, and the
Prognosis in the Rheumatic Diseases. Ann Intern Med. ;116:782. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-9-782_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(9):782.
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