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WAO Medical Book Review

Oxford Handbook of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Second Edition
Editor: Gavin Spickett
2006 Oxford University Press
ISBN13: 9780198528661
ISBN10: 0198528663

List Price: $55.00
Available from: Oxford University Press

Richard F. Lockey, M.D.
Distinguished University Health Professor
Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Public Health
Joy McCann Culverhouse Professor of Allergy and Immunology
Director, Division of Allergy and Immunology
University of South Florida College of Medicine

This book indicates on its jacket that it "Covers the entire breadth of immunology and allergy; Includes practical guidance on test interpretation; Covers the latest advances in genetics and tissue typing". It's true; a wonderful, concise, easily readable book.

The purpose of this book is to provide the reader with a handbook that covers various immunologic diseases, including: primary and secondary immunodeficiency, autoimmunity, connective tissue diseases, vasculitis, allergy, transplantation, and immunotherapy.

The book is pocketsize, and it is targeted to medical students, residents, and clinicians, and allergists/immunologists. It would be a useful guide for any physician.

All 16 chapters are in an abbreviated style, giving the "nuts and bolts" of how an individual illness presents clinically, the genetics of the disease, as well as the laboratory tests necessary to confirm the clinical diagnosis. It also gives information about the interpretation of laboratory results.

The most useful feature of this is its easy access to information. Several pages are devoted to particular diseases. The information provided is what one needs to know to suspect, and then to make, a definitive diagnosis. In unusual cases, additional information may be necessary and a list of the most up-to-date textbooks, journals, and websites is provided. Additionally, the book contains pages of acronyms useful to clinicians. On another point, it is an ideal reference to use in preparing for examinations in the specialty of allergy/immunology.

This book is a gift to physicians interested in the field of clinical allergy/immunology. I have not read or reviewed a book that I think is more valuable for a trainee or physician to have in hand as a quick reference to evaluate immunological and allergic diseases, including rare primary and secondary immunodeficiency diseases.