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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
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Prognosis in the Rheumatic Diseases. Ann Intern Med. 1992;116:782. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-9-782_2
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