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Oxford Handbook of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
Edited by: Gavin Spickett
ISBN13: 9780198528661
ISBN10: 0198528663

List Price: $45.00 USD
Available from: Oxford University Press

Reviewer:
Thomas Chacko, MD
Division of Allergy and Immunology
University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, FL, USA

Description:
This handy pocket reference is a practical and clinically relevant guide for the diagnosis and management of diseases in clinical immunology and allergy.

Purpose:
It provides the physician and other healthcare professionals with a quick reference and covers a wide range of clinical topics, basic laboratory tests, and the latest advances in the field.

Audience:
The book is geared toward the novice student, sub-specialty resident in allergy and immunology, and other physicians who want a quick reference book for high yield information.

Features:
The pocket handbook is divided into 2 sections. The first section covers clinical diseases, including primary and secondary immunodeficiencies, allergic diseases, autoimmunity, connective tissue diseases, and vasculitis. There are multiple tables within each chapter but few treatment algorithms. Even rare diseases are highlighted with key clinical points. The second section covers diagnostic tests, and summarizes the methodology and pros and cons of each test.

Assessment:
This is an excellent pocket reference for clinical immunology and allergy. The sections are arranged to allow for quick retrieval of key facts. It is small and convenient to carry. Other sources are necessary for a more in depth review of these topics, but this is a good start.

In summary, the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Immunology and Allergy will be particularly helpful to the student or physician who wants a quick convenient resource to retrieve key facts, in a broad range of topics, related to this field.