In these pages, I recently faulted a noted British textbook of rheumatology for its failure to keep pace with the rapid advances in rheumatologic progress. Dr. Dixon provides a remedy. His book is in reality a hard cover journal containing timely review articles dealing with selected aspects of the field. Good writing, common sense and a wealth of information characterize this volume.
Malcolm Thompson contributes a valuable summary of current thinking about rheumatoid arthritis in his chapter, "The Clinical Features of Rheumatoid Disease." He cuts to the core of diagnostic controversies by relating rheumatoid arthritis to the other connective tissue disorders on a spectrum. Unfortunately the proofreader did not catch the misspellings of Leon Sokoloff's name. Hill and Greenbury present a concise discussion of the role of serological tests in rheumatoid arthritis, and Brewerton's discussion of the rheumatoid hand is basic to an understanding of changes that are now largely