Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology, 4th Edition

ISBN: 9780199642489
ISBN-10: 0199642486
Copyright: 2013
Edition: 4th
Editors: Watts, Richard A, Conaghan, Philip G., Denton, Christopher, Foster, Helen, Issacs, John, Muller-Ladner, Ulf,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 85
Reviewer: Saba Beg,  MD  (Washington University Medical Center)
This comprehensive textbook of rheumatology describes all aspects of rheumatological disease processes, from pathology to clinic aspects and management. Good quality images make the subject easy to understand. The previous edition was published in 2004.
As a complete rheumatology textbook, it encompasses all aspects of rheumatic diseases from pathogenesis, to imaging, differential diagnosis, and management. The excellent chapter on biological medications provides clinicians with the latest information in this area.
The audience includes rheumatology fellows in training and practicing rheumatologists.
This excellent resource summarizes all adult and pediatric rheumatic diseases. The best feature is the clinical case scenario that begins each disease discussion, which makes the book interactive and interesting. The good number of illustrations and separate chapters on imaging modalities are particularly useful.
This is a must have for any rheumatologist, as it is comprehensive and up to date with the latest developments in the field. This edition is certainly justified in light of the many advances in the field, particularly in therapeutics, that have occurred in the intervening decade.
Review Questionnaire
Range Question Score
1-10 Are the author's objectives met? 8
1-10 Rate the worthiness of those objectives. 10
1-5 Is this written at an appropriate level? 5
1-5 Is there significant duplication? (1=significant, 5=insignificant) 4
1-5 Are there significant omissions? (1=significant, 5=insignificant) 4
1-5 Rate the authority of the authors. 4
1-5 Are there sufficient illustrations? 5
1-5 Rate the pedagogic value of the illustrations. 4
1-5 Rate the print quality of the illustrations. 4
1-5 Are there sufficient references? 5
1-5 Rate the currency of the references. 4
1-5 Rate the pertinence of the references. 4
1-5 Rate the helpfulness of the index. 4
1-5 If important in this specialty, rate the physical appearance of the book 4
1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 8
1-10 If this is a 2nd or later edition, is this new edition needed? 8