Undoubtedly, this book will have its greatest appeal to the physician who strives for sophistication in his basic knowledge of the rheumatic diseases. It is a collection of essays selected by Dr. Alan G. S. Hill, Director of Oxford Regional Rheumatic Diseases Research Centre, Aylesbury, England. It is apparent that the editor did not intend an all-inclusive text, but indeed he effectively discusses nearly every phase of clinical rheumatology. The chapters are written concisely, clearly, and authoritatively by rheumatologists of primarily British environs. They are, for the most part, clinically oriented, but sections on "Lysosomes," "The LE cell Phenomenon and Antinuclear Antibodies," "The Vascular Derangement in Rheumatoid Arthritis," and "Autoimmunity" bring the reader abreast of research trends, although they are not necessarily current.
This volume has great merit, yet one wonders if there is need for still another discourse on rheumatology at the present time. Within the past few years,