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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Andrea D. Posey, RN, BSN, MSN (University of Alaska Anchorage)
Description: This is an easy to use reference on allergies. The topics covered range from information about allergens to diagnostic tests for allergy sufferers. This is the 2nd edition of the English version (the first in 1996) and a 5th edition of the German version.
Purpose: The intent is to provide nonmedical people with information about allergies in a humorous, enjoyable format. The book meets these objectives through the use of appropriate language and many illustrations.
Audience: The language is appropriate for an average reader. The author, who is an allergy scientist, is a credible expert in the area of allergy research.
Features: The publication discusses a broad range of issues related to allergies including different types of allergies, the pathophysiology of allergies, and diagnostic testing. The book uses many illustrations, both pedagogic and humorous, to educate the intended audience. Appendixes include common allergen tables and a pollen calendar.
Assessment: For the non-medical person, this is a handy, easy to read, resource. It touches on many topics that are common to allergy sufferers and provides basic information to the reader. The humorous approach makes this book enjoyable to read.