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WAO Medical Book Review

Allergic Diseases: Diagnosis and Treatment, 3rd Ed.
Author: Phil Lieberman
ISBN: 9781588296030

Available from: Humana Press
List Price: $99.00 USD

Josh Phillips, MD
Division of Allergy & Immunology
University of South Florida College of Medicine

Allergic Diseases: Diagnosis and Treatment in its third edition provides a thorough and comprehensive review of the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of common allergic diseases. Emphasis is placed on the allergic history and physical examination with further attention to appropriate diagnostic tests and information on when to refer to an allergist/immunologist. Each of the more than 40 contributors is an expert.

The textbook is designed as a guide to the general approach and management of allergic diseases.

As noted in the preface, this textbook is intended for use by primary care physicians but also would be an excellent book for a new trainee in the subspecialty of allergy and immunology.

Content / Features
Chapters are presented as review articles, with abstract-style summaries and medical subject heading (MeSH) keywords. Introductory chapters address the pathophysiology of allergic diseases and the approach to the allergic patient. Subsequent chapters focus on individual allergic problems such as anaphylaxis, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis and many others. There are also chapters dedicated to specific therapies such as corticosteroids, monoclonal anti-IgE, antihistamines, and leukotrienes, as well as a chapter dedicated to the workup of recurrent respiratory tract infections in children.

Assessment / Comparison
At 484 pages, this textbook is more of a comprehensive resource than a "pocket" guide. Individual points are not specifically referenced; rather there is a list of suggested reading at the end of each chapter. Additionally, illustrations and photographs rather than being in color are in black & white. A few minor spelling errors are noted. Despite these minor problems, this text is a highly detailed and practical guide for all physicians but particularly, for primary care physicians.