This volume was long overdue. It is a cookbook for laboratory shelves and describes in detail the correct performance of those tests found most useful by rheumatologists. In keeping with the development of this subspecialty, the majority of examinations derive from the field of immunology. However, attention is also paid to serum uric acid, serum enzymes (especially as they apply in myositic syndromes), histopathology, connective tissue metabolism, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and its related acute phase reactant, the C-reactive protein, and interpretation of various synovial fluid components.
Since most of these techniques can be found in larger manuals, this book would be superfluous (except for a few specialized laboratories) were it not for its unique features. Each test description is preceded by a discussion of how it came to be developed and is succeeded by comments about its diagnostic importance. This valuable perspective is obviously lacking in conventional laboratory manuals.