There has been an explosion of textbooks on pediatric rheumatology in the past few years: one from England (by Ansell) and four from the United States (by Miller, Brewer, Cassidy, and Jacobs), with one more yet to come (by Gershwin). This single-author textbook written by Jacobs is derived from his long experience as a pediatric rheumatologist at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. Some of the strengths of this volume come from the uniformity of style and avoidance of overlapping topics that come with a single author. It is well written in an easy, readable style; individual case reports are interspersed at good intervals.
There is a complete section on differential diagnosis; however, unfortunately, some syndromes are listed, eg, the arthritis and rash seen after intestinal bypass surgery, Whipple's disease, and arthritis with type IV hyperlipoproteinemia, that have not been reported to appear in children and