Reviews, Notes, and Listings: All about Arthritis: Past, Present and Future. Ann Intern Med. 1993;119:350-351. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-119-4-199308150-00039
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1993;119(4):350-351.
Derrick Brewerton. 317 pages. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press; 1992. $24.95.
Two books for patients, their families, and the general public. That on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection covers relations between patient and physician, the general problems of being infected with HIV and having the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), the consequences of secondary disease, treatments and drugs, and practical consequences. It is detailed and specific, carrying far more information than most physicians have in their own heads except for AIDS specialists. Brewerton's book is quite different; it draws a broad picture of what we know conceptually about arthritis and how this knowledge developed. Because of Brewerton's own relevant contributions in research, this picture is clearly developed from a well-informed foundation. It is skimpy on the clinical details of arthritides. Its audience in the general public will probably be readers with a college-level or higher background in biology or the history of science. Patients with arthritis and this background would get a clear picture of how little we really know about rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
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