This is an excellent monograph on chronic rheumatic diseases. The author has availed himself of the literature from all possible sources and likewise presents and discusses cases of his own. Thus he combines the opinions of others with his personal experiences and observations.
An introduction, which describes the wide prevalence of these diseases among civilized peoples and the disability and suffering occasioned by them, as well as the economic losses each year, is short and to the point. The language in which this book is written is simple but forceful.
In the first third of this volume the author discusses rather thoroughly the various etiologic factors, both predisposing and exciting. Each factor is carefully considered from practically every point of view. The last two hundred pages are devoted to an excellent presentation of case histories, with a discussion of studies of the blood and roentgen findings, as well as histopathologic