Reviewed by Dr Harry Brown
Marc Hochberg, Alan Silman, Josef Smolen, Michael Weinblatt, Michael Weisman
6th Edition (Published 2015)
Published by Elsevier Mosby
My lasting impression of this book was the very same as the first time I opened these two lavish volumes and that was – wow! This two volume set is a spectacular and seemingly comprehensive review of rheumatology. Now in its sixth edition, it is a huge production with a large number of contributors from numerous countries all over the world. It is expertly edited and seamlessly put together. There is plenty of good basic and interesting yet relevant science here as well as a seemingly comprehensive review of the clinical aspects of rheumatology. I would suspect this is the nearest you would get to an encyclopaedia of rheumatology.
During the review period, I used this book (meaning the 2 volume set) and as far I was concerned, it covered all my needs and far more. Even the extra information supplied was interesting and added to my appreciation of the topic in question. This book would be ideal for a GP wanting a comprehensive review of the topic or has a special interest in the subject. Whilst those in specialist training or established senior staff would also appreciate the vast scope and depth of this very readable book.
The production values of the two volumes are superb; they are two biggish books but not large tomes that would dislocate a bookshelf. They have a coffee table feel about them and it is a pleasure to dip in and read something. Not often you say that about a textbook! The use of colour is expertly achieved and there are plenty of tables, images and illustrations to amplify the text.
Being part of the Expert Consult family the book is fully accessible and searchable on line and so is available via any Internet enabled computer with a compatible browser. Even better, the whole book can be downloaded onto an app within a compatible smartphone or tablet.
This means you can have off line access without needing an Internet connection. The result is being able to search it quickly but beware it is a big download at 514MB for my iPhone. However having the whole contents of this book easily accessible in your phone which you can carry about with you, is certainly a boon.
This is an outstanding bundle and if your interest is very much centred on rheumatology, I am sure this is most desirable. The only downside is the price which at nearly £300 makes it a significant purchase. However premium offerings like this don’t come cheap and if you are going to be a regular user, then I suspect this will be a good investment.
Dr Harry Brown