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From The CriticsReviewer: David I. Bernstein, MD (University of Cincinnati College of Medicine)
Description: This authoritative book examines in great detail the characteristic components of asthma with special emphasis on the cells and mediators that contribute to airway inflammation.
Purpose: The purpose of the third edition is to provide an overview of mechanisms and therapy of asthma and to update scientists and clinicians on new concepts in the treatment of this disease. This book is comprehensive, well referenced, and authored by an outstanding list of experts.
Audience: It is written for the basic scientist or clinical researcher. The emphasis is clearly on mechanistic aspects of the disease and its treatment. For the most part there is a truly outstanding group of contributors who are recognized experts in their respective fields.
Features: Every important mechanistic aspect of asthma is described in great detail. The important role of allergens in asthma is emphasized as are new therapies such as the leukotriene inhibitors and methods of allergen avoidance. This book is designed for the advanced student of asthma and would not provide the integrated overview sought by students or medical residents. It does not adequately address the role of allergen immunotherapy in the treatment of atopic asthma, a widely practiced treatment modality outside the United Kingdom.
Assessment: This text is well referenced and provides many informative tables and illustrations which aid the reader in integrating emerging new concepts about the mechanisms of this disease. Chapters dealing with important treatment aspects such as allergen avoidance and environmental control, childhood asthma, and glucocorticoid and future therapies are practical and represent particularly useful information for the clinician.