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Rheumatology is defined as "a subspecialty of internal medicine concerned with the study of inflammatory or degenerative processes and metabolic derangement of connective tissue structures which pertain to a variety of musculoskeletal disorders, such as arthritis".[1]

Rheumatologists, like neurologists and certain other specialties, are often consulted for diffuse, complex diseases. Along with allergists, they are experts in clinical immunology.


  1. National Library of Medicine. Rheumatology. Retrieved on 2007-12-13.