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Nursing rheumatic disease. Margaret Elliott. New York Churchill Livingston 1979. 186 Pages. Illustrated

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is a frequent source of misdiagnosis. Thus, this work is
not problem-oriented. As a textbook, it is fine; as for
providing an answer to a clinical conundrum, it may not
suffice. The chapters on medical treatment can only
stimulate the reader to look up the compound he or she
wishes to use; they do not give enough information to
set up treatment programs. The discussion of psychology is somewhat too short and lacks comprehensiveness;
one is sorry to see that counseling of patients and families in a number of areas, including the social and sexual, gets short shrift. The suggested readings need better
proofreading and editing; sadly, Hollander is no longer
a coeditor of the textbook inherited by McCarty.
But overall, Rheumatology is an excellent book.
The discussions are comprehensible. Illustrations are
simple and add to the text. This volume would make a
good prize to give to an apt student.
GEORGEE. EHRLICH,
MD
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nursing Rheumatic Disease. Margaret Elliott. New
York, Churchill Livingston, I 9 79. 186 pages. Illustrated.
Rheumatology is becoming an increasingly attractive subspecialty for nurses. Unfortunately, the
nursing literature is almost devoid of textbooks specifi-
cally related to the nursing care of patients with rheumatic disease. Thus, it is encouraging that a nursing text
devoted solely to this specialty area has been published.
In the preface, the author states that the book includes information regarding the most common forms
of the rheumatic diseases, in addition to particular aspects of nursing management. Approximately one-third
of the book is devoted to rheumatoid arthritis, with the
remaining chapters providing a more abbreviated overview of selected rheumatic disorders.
The format and content of the book are analogous to that of the Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases.
Although this abbreviated 186-page paperbound review
provides some medical perspective, the nursing implications are often superficial or even lacking. Even the bibliography is not oriented to nursing.
In summary, health professionals wanting an introduction and overview to the field may find this book
helpful. Both nurses in the field and nurses in general
want and need more depth and sophistication relative to
their role in this problematic area.
JOAND. SUTTON,
RN, MSN
Instructor in Medicine
Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland
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