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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brandon Dorion, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation Metairie)
Description: This new book brings readers up-to-date with the forever expanding field of allergy/immunology. It is unusually current with present-day concerns (for example, inner city asthma — the hygiene hypothesis). In addition, it gives pediatricians practical advice on common and often misunderstood problems, such as food allergy and the child with recurrent infections. The highlighted key concepts boxes in each chapter are especially helpful.
Purpose: In a well organized manner, the book meets the author's goal of giving the reader the latest understanding of mechanisms of action of allergic disease as it affects the skin, GI tract, and respiratory system in particular as well as current treatment of the pediatric patient with atopy. Other books on pediatric allergy lack the detail provided here on treatment approaches especially for immunodeficiency, food allergy, atopic dermatitis, and drug allergy.
Audience: This book is targeted to clinicians taking care of children. It will also prove invaluable to the pediatric allergist. Dr. Leung brings his award-winning skills as editor of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology to this book as he synthesizes interesting and well written chapters from many foremost authors in their subspecialty fields.
Features: Perhaps most noteworthy is the thoroughness with which asthma is covered in a dozen chapters including inner city asthma, infants and asthma, and athletes with asthma. Food allergy is covered in nine chapters including feeding problems with infants and toddlers and atopic dermatitis and food allergy. In addition, the book is an excellent resource for practical advice on management of drug allergy and the latest understanding of immune deficiency. Other chapters on rheumatology, ocular disease, and latex allergy are especially well written and informative.
Assessment: The number of top-notch contributors, wide coverage of current topics, and the focus on immunopathology and treatment help this book to far outshine others in the field.