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From The CriticsReviewer: K. P. Ravikrishnan, FRCP (C), FACP (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This concise book describes the salient features of asthma, a very complex disease that could be overwhelming to physicians and other healthcare personnel, even specialists. The book is carefully crafted, with a balanced discussion of practically all aspects of the disease.
Purpose: The intent is to provide informational material in a very concise manner to help healthcare professionals manage their asthmatic patients.
Audience: The book is targeted at all healthcare personnel as well as patients. The book fits in the white coat pocket and can be used as a quick reference. Physicians and all affiliated healthcare personnel can use the book in day-to-day practice.
Features: This is a summary of asthma with pictures, tables, and diagrams that are simple and to the point. The chapter on pharmacology lists medications that are mostly available in Europe, but it is easy to look up conversions. Chapters that merit special mention include the one on pharmacological management and inhalers, which has a picture showing the cutout of a handheld metered dose inhaler that will be helpful both for students and for showing patients; the one on difficult asthma that addresses key questions in the management of these cases with a diagram illustrating a systematic approach, which will be helpful for physicians taking primary responsibility for caring for asthma patients; and the one on occupational asthma with pertinent references that will be very helpful in the care of patients with occupational asthma.
Assessment: This book is highly recommended as a quick review of asthma and can be used as a refresher while caring for patients. It covers aspects of asthma that are at times ignored, and will inspire clinicians to improve the care of asthmatic patients.