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A Clinician's Pearls and Myths in Rheumatology

  • John H. Stone

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. James R. O'Dell, Josef S. Smolen, Daniel Aletaha, Dwight R. Robinson, E. William St. Clair
    Pages 1-13
  3. John H. Stone, Eric L. Matteson
    Pages 15-22
  4. Michael H. Weisman
    Pages 23-26
  5. Patience H. White, Patricia Woo, Carol B. Lindsley
    Pages 27-32
  6. Marco Gattorno, Alberto Martini, Raphaela Goldbach-Mansky, Pamela Aubert, Polly J. Ferguson
    Pages 33-49
  7. David A. Cabral, Shirley M. L. Tse
    Pages 51-56
  8. Juergen Braun, David Tak Yan Yu
    Pages 57-65
  9. Christopher Ritchlin, Elinor Mody, Philip Mease, Dafna D. Gladman
    Pages 67-71
  10. Robert D. Inman, Andrew Keat
    Pages 73-76
  11. Janet E. Pope, Philip J. Clements, Daniel E. Furst, Laura K. Hummers, Dinesh Khanna, Maureen D. Mayes et al.
    Pages 77-95
  12. Mark A. Perazella, Janet E. Pope, Shawn E. Cowper
    Pages 97-106
  13. Manuel Ramos-Casals, Troy E. Daniels, Robert I. Fox, John P. Whitcher, George E. Fragoulis, Fotini N. Skopouli et al.
    Pages 107-130
  14. Michelle Petri, Rachel Abuav, Dimitrios Boumpas, Fiona Goldblatt, David Isenberg, Grant J. Anhalt et al.
    Pages 131-159
  15. Earl D. Silverman
    Pages 161-167
  16. Robert W. Hoffman
    Pages 169-172
  17. David P. D'Cruz, Munther Khamashta
    Pages 173-180
  18. Megan E. B. Clowse, Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman
    Pages 181-190
  19. Ira N. Targoff, Chester V. Oddis, Paul H. Plotz, Frederick W. Miller, Mark Gourley
    Pages 191-199
  20. Ann M. Reed, Clarissa A. Pilkington, Brian M. Feldman, Lauren M. Pachman, Lisa G. Rider
    Pages 201-209

About this book


A Clinician's Pearls and Myths in Rheumatology is a rich assemblage of the clinical wisdom of expert rheumatologists from a whole range of specialties and nationalities. It examines the nuggets of wisdom, or ‘pearls’ gained from collective clinical experience about the diagnosis or treatment of various diseases whilst also aiming to debunk certain myths that have influenced the practice of many clinicians but have proven false.

The pithy style of writing ensures that the reader thoroughly enjoys delving into this trove of diagnostic and therapeutic guidance. In addition, an abundance of illustrations, including 300 clinical photographs, significantly augments the reader’s understanding of these ‘pearls’.

With contributions from 126 authors across the various subspecialties in rheumatology, and comprising a total of more than 1400 Pearls and Myths, this book truly provides the corpus of current clinical wisdom in rheumatology.

Dr John H. Stone, MD MPH is Clinical Director of Rheumatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. He has pioneered a great deal of clinical research in rheumatology, particularly in the area of systemic vasculitis.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John H. Stone
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinical RheumatologyMassachusetts General HospitalBoston

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From the reviews:

“This is a complete review of basic rheumatology presented in an easy-to-read format. … It appears to be written for medical students, residents, rheumatology fellows, and general practitioners in family and internal medicine. … Numerous high-quality color photographs aid in the visualization of many of the described clinical manifestations. The unique presentation, using pearls and myths, lends an easy-to-read style to the book.” (Kristi Kuhn, Doody’s Review Service, March, 2010)

“This book is fun to read and use. … It offers valuable insights applicable to daily practice and enhances many teaching points with evidence-based support, both pro and con. … I give this text my highest recommendation to all those practicing and teaching rheumatology. A Clinician's Pearls and Myths in Rheumatology is satisfying to read and seems to offer more practical information for the clinician practicing rheumatology than most of the online or print textbooks that I regularly refer to.” (Robert J. Quinet, Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 304 (6), August, 2010)