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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Phil Lieberman, MD (University of Tennessee College of Medicine)
Description: This publication of the Novartis Foundation is an outgrowth of a symposium convened by the Foundation. Participants in the symposium were all recognized experts in the field of allergy/immunology, and each had a special interest in the clinical aspects or basic science phenomenon germane to the study of anaphylaxis.
Purpose: The purpose is to disseminate the opinions of experts regarding various issues that are topical and germane to the phenomenon of human anaphylaxis. The intent is to familiarize the reader with advances in our knowledge relating to this field.
Audience: Allergists/immunologists are the primary audience, but this book would make good reading for any physician interested in this area.
Features: The 15 chapters range from the basic science relative to anaphylactic events all the way to the perspective of patients suffering with such events. A particularly attractive feature is that each chapter (which corresponds to a presentation at the symposium) is followed by a lively discussion involving all participants in the symposium. The discussions themselves are unique and through them the reader becomes privy to the thoughts of a well-recognized panel of educators and research scientists working in the area of anaphylaxis. The editing of these conversations is superb and maintains the spontaneity of the discussion.
Assessment: This is a superb and unique book. There is no other publication comparable to it in scope or design. It is an essential addition to the library of individuals with a special interest in anaphylaxis and would be helpful to anyone dealing with patients experiencing anaphylactic episodes.