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From The CriticsReviewer: Leslie C. Grammer, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book is one in the Lung Biology in Health and Disease series, of which Claude Lenfant is executive editor. As the title indicates, this volume reviews the current thinking on asthma in the older population, including topics from epidemiology to complicating coexisting conditions.
Purpose: The stated goals of the book are to increase the recognition of asthma in the elderly and to stimulate studies that will provide answers to the many questions for which only conjecture and speculation are currently available. These are worthy objectives that the book addresses appropriately, considering the dearth of literature on asthma in the elderly.
Audience: The editors state that the target audience is clinicians who care for the increasingly large elderly patient population: internists, family practitioners, geriatricians, and pulmonologists. The authors are credible experts in their topic areas.
Features: The figures, tables, and diagrams are valuable, pertinent illustrations of textual concepts. The references are appropriate and current. The index and table of contents are useful guides. The book has the uniformly simple appearance of other volumes in the series.
Assessment: This book offers a concise, but thorough, review of current expert views on what is known and what is not known about asthma in the elderly population. For cover to cover reading, clinicians with a special interest in the elderly asthmatic will find it very informative. It would be a valuable resource for generalists, residents, or students as they care for geriatric patients with asthma.