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WAO Medical Book Review

Posted: February 2011

Patterson's Allergic Diseases (Seventh Edition)
Editors: Leslie C. Grammer; Paul A. Greenberger
2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISBN: 978-0-7817-9425-1

List Price: $154.95
Available from: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Salman Aljubran, MD
Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Department of Internal Medicine
University of South Florida
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital
Tampa, Florida USA

Patterson's Allergic Diseases (Seventh Edition) is a comprehensive single volume reference that covers a wide spectrum of immunologic and allergic conditions. It is the first edition that has not been reviewed by Dr. Roy Patterson, the founding editor, since its inception in 1972.

This textbook is a guide to the general approach, diagnosis, and management of allergic and immunological diseases.

It is intended for medical professionals who encounter such diseases in their daily practice

This single volume textbook is divided into ten sections. The first section is devoted to the biological and clinical aspects of the immune system, i.e., a basic review of immunology, followed by a section which discusses the pathogenic and environmental aspects of allergy and asthma in a concise manner. The third section is about the principles of evaluation and treatment, the main focus of which is to obtain a good medical history, performed a physical examination and use diagnostic studies as confirmatory tools. The fourth discusses anaphylaxis and food and drug allergy. Asthma is discussed in length in the next section, including asthma clinical trials, and is followed by a section devoted to immunologic pulmonary diseases. The next section focuses on upper respiratory tract diseases, with the eighth section devoted to cutaneous allergic diseases. The ninth section discusses medications and novel therapies used to treat allergic diseases. Special problems, such as management of allergic diseases in pregnancy, eosinophilic esophagitis, chronic cough, sleep disorders, management of psychologically complicated patients, and controversial and unproved methods in allergy diagnosis and treatment are discussed in the final section.

The features of this textbook which are outstanding include an easily understandable format with charts and tables that are excellent references to obtain useful clinical information, often alleviating the necessity to read the textbook for specific details.

This book would be a valuable addition to any medical professional's library, at any career level, regardless of specialty.