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WAO Medical Book Review

Posted: November 2013

New Trends in Allergy and Atopic Eczema, Chemical Immunology and Allergy (Vol. 96)
Edited by Johannes Ring, Ulf Darsow, Heidrun Behrendt
Copyright 2012 Karger (Basel, Switzerland)
ISBN: 978-3-8055-9894-1
e-ISBN: 978-3-8055-9895-8

List Price
CHF 164 (at Karger)
193.00 USD (at Amazon)

Sandeep Kumar, CSIR-SRF
Food, Drug and Chemical Toxicology Group
CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research
MG Marg-80, Lucknow 226001, UP, India

The 96th volume of Chemical Immunology and Allergy entitled, New Trends in Allergy and Atopic Eczema, presents a selected list of articles based upon the lectures given at the International Symposium, “New Trends in Allergy,” together with the 6th Georg Rajka Symposium on Atopic Dermatitis organized in Munich, 2010 by the world’s most renowned experts in this field. Published in 2012, this valuable text of 146-plus pages is a pivotal tool to crystallize basic and advanced knowledge of allergy and atopic eczema. Taken together, this first edition is a collection of wonderfully written chapters that enable the reader to comprehensively explore the topic.

This book is an in-depth source of various aspects encompassing allergy and atopic eczema. Most importantly, this text has been completely successful in corroborating current knowledge with a future perspective. The pictorial and tabulated presentations of milestone findings in the field make it very accessible to understand the basics of the subjects. It is full of required components including motivational interviewing and interpersonal communication.

New Trends in Allergy and Atopic Eczema is a recommended reference book for trainees, practicing clinicians, researchers, and experts in the field to crystallize their knowledge. This book is written in an easy-flow manner which makes it suitable for interested novice readers, too. Further, the contents of this text are presented in a very systemic way and topics, tables, and figures are properly aligned with the most appropriate references. The allergic manifestations are a complex story and not easily understandable, but the pictorial demonstrations are so powerful that they help the book deliver the facts. This book is a very useful source to handle allergy and atopic eczema in a proper way in various aspects including clinical care, teaching, and translational and basic research.

The text comprises 24 figures including 8 colored figures and 6 tables which are sufficient enough to support the text. This book has four major sections encompassing allergy and its environmental relationship, pathogenesis of the allergic diseases, clinical aspects, and therapeutic and management of the disease. These four sections are further subdivided into 20 well written chapters. Each section starts with systematic presentations of the chapters encompassing basic to most recent knowledge. The mechanistic aspects of immune tolerance, role of several cytokines, micro-organisms, skin barriers, and several other critical contents in allergic reactions are present in the text which is rare to find together. Further, the explanations of several clinical aspects behind atopic eczema are very helpful for practicing clinicians to understand the nature of disease. The last section of the book enhances the volume as it considers the therapeutically and managerial approaches of the disease.

New Trends in Allergy and Atopic Eczema, the 96th volume of Chemical Immunology and Allergy is one of the most useful texts of its type and a must-read book for trainees, clinicians, and researchers engaged in the study of allergy and atopic eczema.