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All About Arthritis

All About Arthritis

Derrick Brewerton

ISBN 9780674016163

Publication date: 07/21/1998

This book--intended to dispel the mystique and folklore surrounding arthritis--is the first to explain clearly the scientific aspects of arthritis research and treatment. Brewerton tells the intriguing story of arthritis research, from the days before germs were recognized as causes of disease and when reasons for inflammation were obscure, to the present, when breakthroughs in genetics, epidemiology, X-ray crystallography, cell biology, and molecular biology support major advances in research and treatment. He also addresses the human element, discussing the role in arthritis of such factors as age, gender, emotions, pain, and personality. Brewerton ends the story on a hopeful note, carefully explaining the prospects for prevention and treatment.


  • [Brewerton] skillfully guides us through the complexities of bacteria, viruses, and host defense; the nervous system; the structure and function of joints; the mosaic of factors involved in arthritis; and the prospects for new forms of therapy. He is particularly elegant when dealing with the complex (and controversial) influence of personality and emotion.

    —D. A. Isenberg, Nature


  • Derrick Brewerton has been consultant physician to the Westminster and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospitals and was Professor of Rheumatology, University of London.

Book Details

  • 320 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press