It is difficult to write a good book on the subject of rheumatism, and it is almost certain that any book on this subject will provoke argument. Dr. Crowe has written an excellent book, but it will not meet with universal agreement. In writing such a book, one of the most difficult tasks is to arrange a nomenclature so that the writer and the reader may meet on common ground. Dr. Crowe has met this challenge very skilfully. He has drawn on the classifications of the British Commission, the American Commission and the Ministry of Health, with none of which he fully agrees. He succeeds well in making his subject matter clear to one who is accustomed to the use of different terms.
After dealing with the matter of nomenclature, he continues with a discussion of differential diagnosis, pathology and etiology. This is well done and is quite orthodox until