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Infections in the Rheumatic Diseases: A Comprehensive Review of Microbial Relations to Rheumatic Disorders

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Edited by Espinoza Luis. . 383 pages. Grune and Stratton, Inc., Orlando, Florida: , 1988.. $89.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(10):848. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-109-10-848_2
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Infectious agents and their roles, direct and indirect, in musculoskeletal disease have long fascinated medical observers. Reports of arthritis after epidemic dysentery among sailors date to the 18th century. Tuberculosis and its extrapulmonary manifestations commonly led to severe deformity. In the past decade both newly described arthritogenic organisms, such as Borrelia burgdorferi, and concerning new roles for old organisms, such as the Klebsiella story in ankylosing spondylitis, have been seen.

This handsomely printed, multiauthored text provides coverage of its subject beyond that available in standard rheumatology sources. It has four main sections: bacterial arthritis, viral arthritis, miscellaneous infectious arthritides, and


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