Rheumatoid Arthritis : Frontiers in Pathogenesis and Treatment
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This book presents the cutting edge of developments in etiology, mechanisms of inflammation, disease manifestations and management of this common, crippling disease. Here is a new major volume on the subject of great importance in rheumatology - the first in-depth, multiauthor textbook on RAfor 15 years. Therapy for RA has traditionally been with non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, progressing to second-line drugs, but this has not been effective in preventing erosion of bone and symptoms. Rapid recent advances in knowledge have led to new concepts in the mechanisms of the disease andexciting new possibilities for treatment. This book deals with the scientific basis of the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis which then goes on to form the basis of scientific discussion and the rationale for the treatment, both drug and non-drug, of the disease. The book describes the latestadvances in our understanding of this common, crippling disease and relates this knowledge to the application of a more rational therapeutic approach to its management The book covers all areas of importance to disease management including social and psychological aspects, genetic susceptibility,biological/immunological research, classic and other treatments (eg. physiotherapy, occupational therapy, complementary therapy, diet and patient education), management of pain, health economics and disease management strategies. This book is a 'must' for all rheumatologists and anyone working inthe field.

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