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From The CriticsReviewer: Baltazar R. Espiritu, MD(Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a book that deals with the pathogenesis and treatment of allergic diseases. The last edition was published in 1985.
Purpose: The authors wrote the book to provide the fundamentals for the understanding of the nature of allergic disease and its principles of management. The four authors are from a university center well known for its expertise in the field of allergy. Most contributors are recognized authorities in their field.
Audience: Though not clearly stated in this latest edition, the previous edition was written to provide a compact book for trainees in the field of allergy. This current edition should serve as a handy reference for students to generalists in this field.
Features: A more rational table of contents is now provided, and some chapters present in the previous edition have been incorporated together. This book contains enough illustrations and tables to highlight and explain the important sections of each chapter. The references have been updated, and a nice feature is a complete index that includes the corresponding pages to tables and figures.
Assessment: This book shows a marked improvement in organization compared with the previous edition. This handy yet still comprehensive book would benefit not only fellows in training but also any practitioner interested in the field of allergy.