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To most medical students and patients uninitiated in the science of rheumatology, the diagnostic process whereby rheumatologists assess patients may seem bewildering. When considering any patient who presents with joint pain, there are over 100 types of arthritis to consider, lots of conditions which mimic arthritis, a huge array of blood tests to consider and …Read the Rest

I have collated this list of rheumatologists who blog regularly from around the world. Please let me know in the comments section if I’ve missed anyone and I’ll add them. Apologies to you if you’re one of them. I’m on the list too but then you know that because you’re on my blog reading this….. …Read the Rest

Every year I make a pilgrimage to the ‘Virgin Megastore’ of my chosen specialty, The American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting. The meeting, which is the worlds’ biggest rheumatology meeting is held over 5 days and attracts almost 16,000 delegates. The volume of research presented at this single meeting is simply staggering. This year there were over …Read the Rest

Although as a medical student rheumatology was always associated with an air of mystery and complexity to me – factors which might have aroused a younger me had they been associated with a member of the opposite sex – the specialty didn’t catch my eye at all as an undergraduate. To a medical student cruising …Read the Rest

When I was training as rheumatologist in the 1990’s, it would have been fairly common for a rheumatologist to offer reassurance to a newly diagnosed patient with Osteoarthritis (OA) by telling them how lucky they were not to have rheumatoid arthritis. At that time rheumatologists weren’t terribly good at effectively treating Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or …Read the Rest