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WAO Medical Book Review

Posted: May 2013

Atopic Dermatitis in Childhood and Adolescence
Editors: T. Werfel, J. Spergel, W. Kiess
2011 Karger
ISBN 978-3-8055-9570-4

Retail Price: $193.00 US
Available from Karger

José Ignacio Larco Sousa, MD
Clínica San Felipe
Division Allergy and Asthma
Lima, Peru

This book Atopic Dermatitis in Childhood and Adolescence is part of the Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine series. In 13 interesting chapters Atopic Dermatitis is reviewed by different authors and experts.

The purpose is to provide an in-depth approach and understanding of the different classifications, mechanisms, triggers, and therapies of Atopic Dermatitis as well as some occupational aspects and educational programs.

This book is easy to read, and it would be helpful for any health care professional interested in this topic. Although it would be of special interest for Pediatricians, Allergists and Dermatologists, as some chapters are very specific and in-depth regarding mechanisms.

Atopic Dermatitis in Childhood and Adolescence is structured with 13 chapters encompassed in 5 big parts. The first part covers the basics of Atopic Dermatitis, from classification to epidemiology. A second section, more scientific and in-depth, moves from Genetics to Neuroimmunology including psychological factors. The third part is more clinical and covers allergies and infections and their relation with atopic dermatitis. The fourth section provides a detailed and easy-to-understand material on Topical and Systemic Treatment. Lastly, the fifth is a very new and helpful section on occupational and educational aspects. Many chapters have pictures, tables and figures which are very helpful, although we more photos would be helpful.

This text book is an excellent updated review of atopic dermatitis and it would be of great help for health care professionals who have daily contact with patients who suffer from atopic dermatitis. Although some chapters require a medium to high level of knowledge of genetics and immunology, they make the book also very interesting for specialists and researchers.