ABC of Asthmaby John Rees, Dipak Kanabar, Shriti Pattani
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Asthma is a common condition with increasing prevalence. This new edition of the highly regarded ABC of Asthma has been thoroughly revised with reference to the latest British Thoracic Society guidelines on the management of asthma in children and adults. It covers the advances in practice and methods, with a new emphasis on delivery systems, self-dose assessment and delivery of care with different pharmacological approaches.
The ABC of Asthma is a concise, up-to-date overview of all aspects of asthma and includes two new chapters focussing on GP practice issues including clinical management and organisation of asthma care. It is ideal for GPs, junior doctors and medical students, nurses, and anyone dealing with the treatment of asthma in children and adults.
Description: This concise and useful book is a description of our current understanding of asthma as it applies to the care and treatment of both adults and children. This edition is an update of the earlier 1995 review.
Purpose: This book is designed to provide a description of the underlying mechanics of the asthma process and an explanation of treatment approaches in a straightforward fashion. The authors succeed in accomplishing their goal.
Audience: This text is directed toward all primary care physicians who treat both adults and children. In addition, medical students will find the text to be an extremely useful learning tool. Nurse practitioners and physicians assistants will also find it useful.
Features: This book is a concise description of asthma and its underlying pathophysiology. Diagnostic testing and its implications are well described. Treatment modalities, including bronchodilators, steroids, and environmental factors are reinforced. Precipitating factors are emphasized. Illustrations and tables are effectively used to make the material easier to understand. Algorithms are very well done and carry the clinician through multiple scenarios.
Assessment: This concise text is an effective update of our understanding of one of the most common problems encountered by the primary care physician. It is easy to read and understand and is a very valuable contribution to the family practitioner's library.
"Overall, this book provides a nice, concise review of asthma in both adults and children. Although there is a significant amount of repetition within the adult and children sections, the book could provide an additional resource for healthcare students and practitioners using British Thoracic Society treatment guidelines." (Journal of Pharmacy Technology, January 2011)
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John Rees, Consultant Physician and Professor of Medical Education, Sherman Education Centre, Guy’s Hospital, London, UK
Dipak Kanabar, Consultant Paediatrician, Evelina Children's Hospital, Guy’s Hospital, London, UK
Shriti Pattani, Medical Director, Corporate Healthcare Ltd., Harrow, Middlesex, UK
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