Gradually, all the needs are being met for rheumatology to stand as a subspecialty in its own right; bulging book shelves bear mute testimony that it has arrived. These shelves, even if only books written in English are included, would feature two major encyclopedic works, a host of smaller volumes containing potpourris of selected short subjects according to the authors' whims, monographs devoted to single subjects, hard-cover annuals, and some works trying to make rheumatology comprehensible to the uninitiated students and physicians. The chief quality of these last-named should be that they contain enough to inform and yet the reader will not say "they gave me more information than I wanted."
The only real lack has been in books of this nature, and Boyle and Buchanan must have sat down and decided to do something about it. They sought no coauthors, but together produced a book that tells the story