The book is a reference work reviewing in detail currently available data on the epidemiology of the m 'or-rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. The volume considers the problems of disease definition and criteria, data on the occurrence of these diseases, both prevalence and incidence, and describes their variation with age, sex, geographical area, ethnic group, and trends over time. Also reviewed are results of epidemiological investigations looking at risk factors, both genetic and environmental. The results of family-and twin studies are considered together with new data-from immunogenetics and molecular biology. The impact of specific diseases of survival is also considered. The book covers 15 disease areas from inflammatory joint disease and connective tissue disease to degenerative joint disease and non articular conditions, such as low back pain and carpel tunnel syndrome. -Me epidemiology of osteoporosis is also discussed and a final chapter reviews aspects of the epideuiiology of drug therapy of rheumatic diseases.
`a vast improvement on Lawrence's text ... It is far more user-friendly, easier to read, and each chapter contains invaluable referenced summary tables of published work on its subject ... the book is well referenced and reasonably up to date ... has a good feel about it and is easy to 'dip' into; rheumatologists will also find it an invaluable source of reference for estamates of prevalence of disease and the role of risk factors. I would recommend it for
all academic rheumatology units.'
T.D. Spector, Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, (Dec) 1994
`an authoritative volume on the epidemiology of the rheumatic diseases ... a book which makes good reading for all rheumatologists whether their work is mainly in clinical rheumatology or in the research laboratory. One can only be impressed by the immense amount of data incorporated in a relatively small book, by the comprehensive nature of the work, and by the easy style in which it is written ... this volume should be available to every rheumatologist
either on his own bookshelf or in the departmental library.'
Colin G. Barnes, The Royal London Hospital, Rheumatology in Europe, Vol. 241.1 1995
`an extremely useful reference book being well written and structured so that it is easy to dip in and extract the relevant information ... It will be useful for those clinicians working in the field of rheumatic diseases and also to epidemiologists and public health doctors researching or reviewing the epidemiology of these diseases.'
Elaine Church, International Journal of Epidemiology 24.1, Feb '95
Part I: Inflammatory joint disease
1: Rheumatoid arthritis
2: Juvenile arthritis
3: Psoriatic arthropathy
4: Ankylosing spondylitis
5: Reiter's syndrome and reactive arthritis
Part II: Connective tissue diseases
6: Systemic lupus erythematosus
9: Polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis
Part III: Noninflammatory and miscellaneous musculoskeletal diseases
13: Back pain
14: Soft tissue rheumatism
Part IV: Pharmaco-epidemiology as applied to the rheumatic diseases
Series: Oxford Medical Publications
Number Of Pages: 514
Published: 25th November 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.95