Hospital for Special Surgery Rheumatoid Arthritis Handbook

Everything You Need to Know to Lead a Full Life

New York, NY—July 26, 2002


  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects one percent of the population, or a total of about 2.5 million Americans

  • RA is three times more common in women than in men

  • RA generally strikes between the ages of 20 and 50

  • RA has no cure; however, treatment has improved dramatically over the past 25 years

Considering these statistics, a new publication by HSS physicians, The Hospital for Special Surgery Rheumatoid Arthritis Handbook, is a must have for anyone who has RA. In plain English, using real-life examples, it explains what RA is, its causes, progression and various effects on the human body. This comprehensive book provides information that patients really need to take charge of managing their disease and working with their doctors to develop a treatment program that’s right for their lifestyle and life goals.

The authors – Hospital for Special Surgery’s Dr. Stephen A. Paget, Physician-in-Chief of HSS, and Dr. Michael D. Lockshin, Director of the Barbara Volcker Center for Women with Rheumatic Disease -- are internationally recognized leaders in the fight against this crippling disease. Assisted by Suzanne Loebl, a former science editor of the Arthritis Foundation, the physician-authors expert advice covers a wide-range of topics of vital concern to anyone affected by RA, including:

  • Old, new and emerging drug therapies
  • Pain management techniques
  • Nutrition, diet and exercise for RA
  • Diagnostic tests used to identify the disease and gauge its activity
  • Managing lifestyle issues such as sports, travel and sex
  • Pregnancy and RA
  • Pros and cons of having total joint replacement surgery
  • Psychological impact of a chronic disorder

Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., the book retails for $16.95.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s largest academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2017), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at


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