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WAO Medical Book Review

Posted: December 2010

Allergy Frontiers

Series edited by Ruby Pawankar, Stephen T. Holgate, Lanny J. Rosenwasser
© Springer 2009

Allergy Frontiers: Epigenetics, Allergens and Risk Factors (Volume 1)
ISBN: 978-4-431-72801-6
List Price: $241
Available from Springer

Allergy Frontiers: Classifications and Pathomechanisms (Volume 2)
ISBN: 978-4-431-88314-2
List Price: $339
Available from Springer

Allergy Frontiers: Clinical Manifestations (Volume 3)
ISBN : 978-4-431-88316-6
List Price: $299
Available from Springer

Allergy Frontiers: Diagnosis and Health Economics (Volume 4)
ISBN: 978-4-431-98293-7
List Price: $259
Available from Springer

Allergy Frontiers: Therapy and Prevention (Volume 5)
ISBN: 978-4-431-99361-2
List Price: $260
Available from Springer

Allergy Frontiers: Future Perspectives (Volume 6)
ISBN : 978-4-431-99364-3
List Price: $189
Available from Springer

Reviewer:
Jim Parkerson, DO
Division of Allergy and Immunology
University of South Florida and James A Haley Veterans Hospital
Tampa, Florida
USA

Description
Allergy Frontiers is an extensive six volume book series with a total of 3,188 pages that is edited by internationally recognized experts Ruby Pawankar, Stephen T. Holgate and Lanny J. Rosenwasser. With world-renowned contributors originating from all the major regions of the world, the series provides a comprehensive reference on allergic diseases.

The first volume concentrates on pathogenesis including epigenetics and phenotypes, allergens and risk factors. The second volume focuses on pathology, both the mechanisms and classifications, and covers important aspects such as bone marrow, the nervous system and mucosal immunology. In the third volume clinical manifestations are explained from allergic rhinitis to lactose and fructose intolerances. The fourth volume reviews the methods to diagnose allergic disease, as well as differential diagnosis, and discusses why allergy and asthma education are important. In the fifth volume immunology, prevention and therapeutics are discussed including special considerations for children, pregnant women and the elderly. With a focus on the future, the last volume presents a variety of perspectives on new allergy research approaches, such as genomics and proteomics, and new directions in diagnostics, prevention and treatment.

Purpose
The six-volume series is intended to be a comprehensive guide to allergic diseases. It surveys both familiar and rare allergic problems as well as updating disease pathophysiology where appropriate. Topics covered range from common problems such as Allergic Rhinitis through to novel management strategies such as Immunostimulatory (CpG) DNA-Based Therapies for the Treatment of Allergic Disease.

Audience
Allergy Frontiers is written for scientists and clinicians, but primarily practitioners, working in the fields of allergy, asthma and clinical immunology. The reference books provide useful information for those who commonly encounter patients with these diseases such as family physicians, internists, and pediatricians. In addition, this series can be a valuable reference for physicians in training.

Features
The editors of this series have taken great care to solicit experts from around the world who work in a wide variety of scientific disciplines. Each volume deals with an individual aspect of allergic disease and is logically organized. The easy-to-read illustrations and photographs aid in understanding the text. The editors plan to update the series yearly.

Assessment
Allergy Frontiers is a comprehensive series about allergic diseases. Each volume can be ordered separately. As an entire series, the cost may possibly limit purchase to medical libraries and large departments. However, those working in this field will find it to be a valuable addition to their personal libraries. The contributors come from a variety of scientific disciplines, each offering a distinctive feature, such as the opportunity to explore viewpoints outside of their field of study and regions of the world. With yearly updates, the series should provide an excellent ongoing clinical resource.