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A Clinician's Pearls & Myths in Rheumatology

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Table of contents (48 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xx
  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis

    • James R. O'Dell, Josef S. Smolen, Daniel Aletaha, Dwight R. Robinson, E. William St. Clair
    Pages 1-13
  3. Rheumatoid Vasculitis

    • John H. Stone, Eric L. Matteson
    Pages 15-22
  4. Adult-Onset Still's Disease

    • Michael H. Weisman
    Pages 23-26
  5. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

    • Patience H. White, Patricia Woo, Carol B. Lindsley
    Pages 27-32
  6. Monogenic Autoinflammatory Syndromes

    • Marco Gattorno, Alberto Martini, Raphaela Goldbach-Mansky, Pamela Aubert, Polly J. Ferguson
    Pages 33-49
  7. Juvenile Spondyloarthropathy

    • David A. Cabral, Shirley M. L. Tse
    Pages 51-56
  8. Ankylosing Spondylitis

    • Juergen Braun, David Tak Yan Yu
    Pages 57-65
  9. Psoriatic Arthritis

    • Christopher Ritchlin, Elinor Mody, Philip Mease, Dafna D. Gladman
    Pages 67-71
  10. Reactive Arthritis

    • Robert D. Inman, Andrew Keat
    Pages 73-76
  11. Systemic Sclerosis (Scleroderma) and Raynaud’s Phenomenon

    • Janet E. Pope, Philip J. Clements, Daniel E. Furst, Laura K. Hummers, Dinesh Khanna, Maureen D. Mayes et al.
    Pages 77-95
  12. Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis and Other Scleroderma Mimickers

    • Mark A. Perazella, Janet E. Pope, Shawn E. Cowper
    Pages 97-106
  13. Sjögren's Syndrome

    • Manuel Ramos-Casals, Troy E. Daniels, Robert I. Fox, John P. Whitcher, George E. Fragoulis, Fotini N. Skopouli et al.
    Pages 107-130
  14. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

    • Michelle Petri, Rachel Abuav, Dimitrios Boumpas, Fiona Goldblatt, David Isenberg, Grant J. Anhalt et al.
    Pages 131-159
  15. Pediatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

    • Earl D. Silverman
    Pages 161-167
  16. Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

    • Robert W. Hoffman
    Pages 169-172
  17. The Antiphospholipid Syndrome

    • David P. D'Cruz, Munther Khamashta
    Pages 173-180
  18. Pregnancy in the Rheumatic Diseases

    • Megan E. B. Clowse, Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman
    Pages 181-190
  19. Inflammatory Myopathies

    • Ira N. Targoff, Chester V. Oddis, Paul H. Plotz, Frederick W. Miller, Mark Gourley
    Pages 191-199
  20. Juvenile Dermatomyositis

    • Ann M. Reed, Clarissa A. Pilkington, Brian M. Feldman, Lauren M. Pachman, Lisa G. Rider
    Pages 201-209

About this book

Important strides have been made in understanding the pathophysiologic basis of many inflammatory conditions in recent years, but rheumatology remains a discipline in which diagnosis is rooted in the medical history skillfully extracted from the patient, the careful physical examination, and the discriminating use of laboratory tests and imaging. Moreover, selection of the most appropriate therapy for patients with rheumatic diseases also remains heavily reliant upon clinical experience. Medical disciplines such as rheumatology that depend significantly upon clinical wisdom are prone to the development of systems of ‘Pearls’ and ‘Myths,’ related to the diseases they call their own, a ‘Pearl’ being a nugget of truth about the diagnosis or treatment of a particular disease that has been gained by dint of clinical experience and a ‘Myth’ being a commonly held belief that influences the practice of many clinicians – but is false. This book will pool together the clinical wisdom of seasoned, expert rheumatologists who participate in the care of patients with autoimmune diseases, systemic inflammatory disorders, and all other rheumatic conditions.


  • Arthritis
  • autoimmune disease
  • autoimmune diseases
  • bone
  • calcium
  • diagnosis
  • epidemiology
  • imaging
  • necrosis
  • osteoarthritis
  • osteoporosis
  • pain
  • rheumatic diseases
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • therapy


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)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Clinical Rheumatology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

    John H. Stone

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: A Clinician's Pearls & Myths in Rheumatology

  • Editors: John H. Stone

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer London

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag London 2009

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4471-6871-3Published: 23 August 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-84800-934-9Published: 03 October 2009

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 493

  • Topics: Rheumatology, Internal Medicine, Radiology, Dermatology

Buying options

eBook USD 69.99
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  • ISBN: 978-1-84800-934-9
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  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
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Softcover Book USD 89.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)