Asthma

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These books offer readers a means of understanding various ailments; clear, careful explanations offer insight into what these conditions are, what causes them, how we cope with them, and the latest information about treatment and prevention.; ; All volumes in the series include primary and secondary quotations, annotated bibliographies, detailed indexes, and lists of organizations to contact for additional information.
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Overview


These books offer readers a means of understanding various ailments; clear, careful explanations offer insight into what these conditions are, what causes them, how we cope with them, and the latest information about treatment and prevention.; ; All volumes in the series include primary and secondary quotations, annotated bibliographies, detailed indexes, and lists of organizations to contact for additional information.
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As in each of the publisher's book in the "Diseases and Disorders" series, Asthma aims to provide a clear explanation of the problem, causes, treatment and how people live with the disease. Asthma is so widespread and increasing that it is important to understand the challenges of this disease. An interesting chapter on Alternative and Complementary Treatment Strategies is included, as is a chapter on the potential causes of asthma in the modern western world. A useful addition would have been information about how to immediately help a person having an asthma attack. The writing is concise, logical and follows through on premises, using personal anecdotes (from interviews) to lighten clinical information or statistics. Black-and-white photos and several diagrams are included. There are chapter notes/references at the end; unfortunately, the most credible medical sources are secondarily quoted from lesser-known sources (i.e. information from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma is quoted from another author's book). An original source quote would provide more credibility, especially around a subject for which such information is very accessible. Many quotes are from media sources. There is a glossary (words are not highlighted in text and some definitions are oversimplified or incorrect; i.e. a dust mite is of the arachnid family, not an insect), a useful lists of age-related books and Web sites for more information, a list of organizations to contact, and an index. Although pricey considering the wide market selection of books for children about the same diseases and disorders, this is a helpful reference for youngreport writers and researchers. 2003, Lucent Books/Gale Group/Thomson Learning,
— Elaine Wick
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590182352
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Diseases and Disorders Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction A Common Problem 8

Chapter 1 Overly Sensitive Airways 13

Chapter 2 Diagnosis and Treatments 28

Chapter 3 Managing Asthma Triggers 44

Chapter 4 Dealing with Asthma Attacks 58

Chapter 5 The Future of Asthma 72

Notes 87

Glossary 92

Organisations to Contact 94

For More Information 96

Index 98

Picture Credits 103

About the Author 104

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