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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 242-243

Rheumatology Clinics “Spondyloarthritis”

Department of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, St John's Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission13-Feb-2021
Date of Acceptance15-Feb-2021
Date of Web Publication25-Jun-2021

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Vineeta Shobha
Department of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, St John's Medical College, Sarjapur Road, Bengaluru - 560 034, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-3698.319361

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How to cite this article:
Shobha V. Rheumatology Clinics “Spondyloarthritis”. Indian J Rheumatol 2021;16:242-3

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Shobha V. Rheumatology Clinics “Spondyloarthritis”. Indian J Rheumatol [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Dec 2];16:242-3. Available from:

Editors: Rohini Handa, Aman Sharma

Edition: First

Publisher: Evangel Publishing

Year: 2021

Pages: 428

Price: INR 1995

ISBN: 978-81-948742-3-2

Professors Rohini Handa and Aman Sharma, both legendary rheumatologists, highly rated academicians, have come out with a masterpiece Rheumatology Clinics[1] titled “SPONDYLOARTHRITIS.” It has been said that “we are currently drowning in information but thirsting in knowledge.”[2] This small handy book is jam-packed with exhaustive up-to-date information covering all possible aspects in this field as the new paradigms drive out old. The lucid and analytic descriptions, easy-to-understand illustrations, tables, and flow diagrams are the highlights of this rheumatology clinic. Rheumatology being a relatively young subspecialty of medicine and “'spondyloarthritis (SpA)” took some time to come of age and mature, aptly the contributors in this book are youngsters ably guided by senior colleagues rendering it a refreshing look.

Presently, we are drowning in a mass of current literature, among heaps of journals and reviews competing for our attention bringing in a paradox of increasing information, yet decreasing knowledge and insight. Through electronic databases, we have instantaneous access to most of the recently published literature. Yet, despite their immediacy, current journal literature may not provide us with very much understanding of the subject. This book delivers a balanced rational view by providing readers with access to not only historical perspectives but also narrates the “story” of SpA in each and every chapter. In only a few pages, the book provides us with a glimpse of the evolution of our understanding of SpA over the last few decades. Epidemiologists will find this a one sourcebook on Indian data and also evolution of different criteria for classification of ankylosing spondylitis and SpA. Importantly, the conventional radiography and magnetic resonance imaging are two separate chapters containing images of excellent quality, the latter explaining the latest concepts in early diagnosis using advanced imaging techniques by renowned national and international experts. This book converses on all aspects of pharmacotherapy such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, antitumor necrosis factor therapy, and newer agents in dedicated separate chapters with apposite tables and flowcharts portraying treat-to-target approaches. Not only is the rationale and context for their use explained, but also the results of landmark studies are tabularized for easy understanding. Emerging therapies and peek into future whether radiographic progression can be halted? are very futuristic and innovative chapters. Clinical spectrum sections are wide-ranging and comprehensive, with sections on eye, gut, and skin in SpA which are written in collaboration with the experts in these fields. Furthermore, nonpharmacologic treatment modalities, bone health, comorbidities, pediatric viewpoints, and surgical perspectives are adequately dealt with.

Editors, co-editors, and authors must be complimented for this “magnum opus,” the very first book on ”SpA” published from India. This book is a “must-have” for students, trainees, physicians, and rheumatologists. It is highly recommended for personal collections and libraries in medical colleges and academic centers.

  References Top

Handa R, Sharma A, editors. Spondyloarthritis. 1st ed. New Delhi, India: Evangel Publishing; 2021. p. 428.  Back to cited text no. 1
John Naisbitt Quotes. (n.d.). Available from: [Last accessed on 2021 Mar 20].  Back to cited text no. 2


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