Childhood Asthma and Other Wheezing Disorders / Edition 2

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Overview

This comprehensive account of the biological basis and clinical management of childhood asthma and other wheezing disorders brings together all the aspects necessary for full understanding by the trainee or practising respiratory physician, paediatrician, or specialist nurse of therapist. The text reviews the nature of childhood asthma, its developmental and biological origins and its impact both for the individual and for society. In each section the scientific background is brought together with comprehensive clinical information, reviewed where possible with an evidence base in mind, providing the reader with informed guidance to best practice.

Thoroughly revised and updated throughout, this second edition reflects the significant developments that have occurred in the field during recent years. Advances in medical genetics are discussed, new techniques for investigation of inflammatory processes and for the evaluation of the impact of childhood asthma are described fully, additional information on the aetiology of this condition is provided and the pharmacology section includes a description of the leukotriene receptor agonists, the first novel drug therapy to emerge for 20 years. An entirely new section devoted to 'asthma around the world' including personal perspectives from clinicians from Japan, Africa, Latin America, and elsewhere has also been added.

The book continues to place childhood asthma in a wider social context, with sections on teachning and training for health professionals outside the hospital setting and the delivery of care in the community. It remains essential reading for all paediatricians and respiratory physicians in training and in practice, and will also provide invaluable reference material for other health care professionals caring for babies, children and adolescents with asthma and wheezing disorders.

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Reviewer: Thomas J Van Osdol, MD (Children's Mercy Hospital)
Description: This is the second edition of a multiauthored, comprehensive review of asthma and wheezing disorders in infants and children. The first edition appeared in 1995.
Purpose: As stated in the preface, the purpose is to serve as a comprehensive international review of childhood asthma. It addresses those aspects of asthma that are unique to childhood. Most books dealing with asthma do so in a more general fashion, perhaps dedicating a chapter or two to childhood asthma. A complete book is indeed warranted and the authors meet their objectives. They challenge conventional thinking and portray asthma as an endpoint of a spectrum of disease processes. They provoke thought and inspire the reader to optimize the care which they provide.
Audience: The book was written for all health professionals who deal with wheezy children. This includes general pediatricians, those in training, and specialists who care for children with asthma. A group in particular that may benefit from this book includes allergy and asthma specialists who are internists by training, but who provide care for a large number of children.
Features: The book covers all areas relevant to childhood asthma. Among the 18 sections and 37 chapters are sections dedicated to epidemiology, genetics, clinical features, psychosocial aspects, developmental lung physiology, triggers (allergy, viral infections, gastroesophageal reflux, passive smoking,) and management. There are also chapters focusing on asthma on other continents and asthma which complicates other disorders, including prematurity. The references are current and there are excellent flow diagrams, graphs, and tables. Illustrations include 10 color plates and many black-and-white images. The relevance of the color plates to the topic as a whole is somewhat questionable.
Assessment: This book offers an excellent contribution to the field. The rare allergist/immunologist who feels that all asthma is atopic may initially be somewhat put off by the language, but the ideas and challenges are solid. The chapters are somewhat short and leave some questions unanswered. The book is concise, however, and the references are complete. I was somewhat perplexed by the cover photograph. Clearly, the overall theme of the book is that not all asthma is atopic in nature. Allergists/immunologists are certainly among the targeted audience, but the choice in cover art seems to be a marketing ploy carried out by both editor and publisher.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340763186
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Epidemiology and public health
The natural history of asthma during childhood
Developmental biology: Structural development, Developmental physiology, Postnatal maturation of immune and inflammatory functions, Genetics
Remodelling and inflammation
Clinical measurement, The clinical features and their assessment, Lung function, Bronchial responsiveness, Inflammation, The impact of asthma on child and family
Major provoking factors and their clinical assessment: Allergy, Viral infection, Gastroesophageal reflux, Food intolerance, Passive smoking
Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics: Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, Aerosols and other devices
Wheezing disorders in infants and young children
The management of asthma in school children
Asthma in young people
The management of acute severe asthma
Major problem areas: Unusual syndromes and asthma complicating other disorders, Prematurity and asthma, Psychological factors
Preventing asthma
Growth and puberty in asthma
Asthma in primary care
Asthma around the world: Sub-Saharan Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Latin America, Japan, Hong Kong, The Caribbean
Education of children, parents, health professionals and others.
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