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WAO Medical Book Review

Posted: October 2012

New Drugs and Targets for Asthma and COPD (Progress in Respiratory Research Vol. 39)
Editors: Trevor T. Hansel and Peter J. Barnes
2010 Karger
ISBN: 1422-2140
ISBN: 978-3-8055-9566-7
e-ISBN: 978-3-8055-9566-4

List Price: 248 CHF
Available from: Karger AG

Enrico Heffler, MD
Specialist in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
PhD student in Experimental Medicine and Therapy
Department of Biomedical Sciences and Human Oncology
Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
University of Torino (Italy) - AO Mauriziano "Umberto I" Hospital

New Drugs and Targets for Asthma and COPD is a very updated and comprehensive book on new drugs and therapeutic targets for chronic airway inflammatory diseases: asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is a well written, easily readable book which will inform readers interested in pharmaceutical aspects of treating these complex diseases.

The purpose of this book is to provide the reader with a handbook that covers many of the latest breakthroughs in research and development of new therapies of asthma and COPD with particular focus on possible inflammatory targets for biological therapeutic approach.

The book is targeted at those working in the pharmaceutical industry (in preclinical research and clinical development) as well as academic researchers and to respiratory health care specialists. It has significant informational value for practicing allergists and pulmonologists who wish to have a deeper understanding of new and future therapies.

The book is divided into 14 main chapters which are further divided into subchapters according to specific aspects discussed. This feature makes the book highly readable and facilitates rapid access to specific topics of interest.

All the chapters are written by some of the most globally respected scientists in respiratory medicine who provide reliable update about drugs and therapeutic targets. Each chapter covers a short but comprehensive state-of-the-art review then extensively describes some of the newest discoveries. The extensive use of images, tables and graphics makes many otherwise challenging topics much easier to be understood.

Another important feature is the extensive reference list at the end of each chapter which gives the opportunity to the reader to study in depth each aspect covered by the book.

This book is very useful for all scientists and clinicians interested in respiratory medicine. It is an accurate update on the scientific knowledge base for the effective treatment of asthma and COPD. Additionally, it is also provides a strong rationale for further study of new therapeutic approaches in order to better control and cure these very common and complex diseases.