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Endorsed by the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA)

The Canadian Clinician’s Rheumatology Handbook, endorsed by the Canadian Rheumatology Association, is a practical, comprehensive and fully illustrated handbook. Residents in rheumatology, internal medicine and family medicine programs, practicing physicians and medical students will find this handy pocket guide to be an indispensable resource. Allied health professionals and nurse practitioners will also find it accessible and informative, helping them to better manage their patients and clients.

Lead author Dr. Lori Albert has assembled a team of expert contributors, including academic rheumatologists from across Canada. This new edition updates and expands the very popular Canadian Residents’ Rheumatology Handbook.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Approach to common presentations of the rheumatic diseases
1. Monoarthritis. Dr. D. Smith
2. Polyarthritis and polyarthralgia. Dr. L. Albert
3. Muscle weakness. Dr. A. Fifi-Mah
4. Raynaud’s phenomenon. Dr. J. Pope
5. The patient who is systemically unwell
    a. Is it vasculitis? Dr. P. Liang
    b. Is it collagen vascular disease? Dr. S. Keeling and Dr. P. Davis
6. Diffuse musculoskeletal pain and the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Dr. M. A. Fitzcharles
7. Rheumatologic manifestations of medical disease. Dr. M. Blackmore
8. Back pain. Dr. L. Albert
9. The patient at risk for a fragility fracture. Dr. H. McDonald-Blumer
Section 2: Approach to selection and interpretation of investigations in the management of the rheumatic diseases
10. Selection and interpretation of laboratory tests. Dr. M. Sun and Dr. K.  Shojania
11. Interpretation of musculoskeletal imaging. Dr. V. Bakowsky
Section 3: Approach to therapeutics
12. Pharmacologic therapy. Dr. L. Albert
Section 4: Selected rheumatologic emergencies
13. Septic arthritis, osteomyelitis, septic bursitis, and tenosynovitis. Dr. R. Taylor-Gjevre
14. Giant cell arteritis. Dr. D. Robinson
15. Pulmonary-renal syndromes. Dr. É. Rich
16. Scleroderma renal crisis. Dr. J. Pope
Section 5: Approach to the physical examination in the rheumatic diseases
17. The screening musculoskeletal examination. Dr. L. Albert
18. The detailed joint examination. Dr. E. Sutton
Section 6: Joint aspiration and injection techniques
19. Approach to joint aspiration and injection. Dr. D. Choquette and Dr. L. Albert         



The Canadian Clinician’s Rheumatology Handbook is an excellent, comprehensive resource geared to residents in rheumatology, internal medicine, and family practice, and would be a useful asset for practicing physicians or allied health professionals working in rheumatology.

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Dr. Lori Albert

Dr. Lori Albert is an associate professor in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. She has played a key role in rheumatology education at undergraduate and post-graduate levels and has won multiple teaching awards.