Rheumatic disease is a major cause of morbidity and disability in the Western world. There have been major developments in our understanding of the causes of rheumatic disease and in their treatment during the last half-century, and there are relatively few papers which can be regarded as truly 'landmark' in their construction and subsequent findings. Part of the Landmark Papers in series, this book provides a detailed review of the seminal papers that have paved the way for breakthroughs in the clinical management of the entire spectrum of rheumatic diseases.
Dr Richard A. Watts qualified from Oxford University Medical School in 1982. He undertook general medical training at the Whittington Hospital, London. In 1988, he was appointed research fellow in the Department of Rheumatology University College London where he undertook research and wrote his doctoral thesis on the idiotypic specificity of human monoclonal anti-DNA antibodies. He has held posts at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, and Ipswich Hospital. Dr Watts has been a Trustee of the British Society for Rheumatology and Chair of the organizing committee of the annual scientific meeting. He was editor in chief of Rheumatology between 2002 and 2008. He is lead editor of the Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology. Professor David G. I. Scott is a Consultant Rheumatologist Norfolk and Norwich University Foundation NHS Trust, and an Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia.