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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joseph Ron Raviv, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book provides the best comprehensive "how-to" guide to diagnosing, testing, and treating ear, nose, and throat allergies. This second edition expands and improves on the first edition published in 1998.
Purpose: The importance of allergy as a vital element in sinonasal disorders has become strongly established in the last few years. The book's purpose is to educate physicians, primarily otolaryngologists, and ancillary staff to prepare them for introducing allergy into everyday practice. The book does an excellent job of providing an organized, step-by-step approach to the diagnosis and management of allergy.
Audience: The book is written by authors who are leaders in their field. They have extensive clinical as well as basic science research experience in the area of otolaryngic allergy. The book is primarily targeted at otolaryngologists preparing to integrate allergy into their practices, but also is written with the purpose of training ancillary staff that would be involved in these practices.
Features: An excellent chapter provides the practical "need to know" immunology relevant to a clinical allergy practice. The book then delves into all aspects of preparing an allergy practice, from the physician-patient interaction to basic procedures such as skin and in vitro testing and immunotherapy. The book's strength is the insight provided by experienced authors into the common pitfalls and confusing aspects of an allergy practice.
Assessment: This is a must read for any otolaryngologist hoping to expand his or her scope of practice into allergy. This "how-to" resource is well written by the leaders in the field, and goes a long way toward answering nearly all the practical questions a provider would have regarding the diagnosis and treatment of otolaryngic allergy. The second edition does an excellent job of accounting for the latest advances in immunology, allergy testing, and pharmacotherapy.