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WAO Medical Book Review

The Year in Allergy, Volume 3
Editors: S. Hasan Arshad, Stephen T. Holgate

ISBN:1 904392 60 1

List Price: $99.95 USD
Available from: Atlas Medical Publishing

Steven L. Cole, DO
Division of Allergy and Immunology
University of South Florida College of Medicine

This is the third installment of The Year in Allergy series and reviews the most recent research findings over the last two years. Each study reviewed is followed by a discussion of the scientific and clinical relevance of the findings.

The purpose of this book is to provide an overview of the major discoveries in the preceding two years relating to the mechanism, diagnosis, and treatment of allergic disorders. The book is divided into three parts, Epidemiology and Genetics (Part I), Pathophysiology and Diseases (Part II), and Treatment Modalities for Allergic Diseases (Part III).

The target audience includes researchers and clinicians from a wide array of interests in allergic disorders including specialists in allergy and immunology, dermatology, and pulmonology. Experts in these subjects will glean valuable insight into not only their own interests, but also develop potential links to related topics as well.

Each chapter includes an introduction which highlights the salient issues of the subject matter. The original publication reference is provided, and a summary of the methods is included for each paper. All studies reviewed contain an interpretation by the authors that focus on key findings and point out potential weaknesses of the information. Future directions are also discussed within the comments and conclusions section of each chapter.

This is an ever-evolving discipline with numerous papers published each month from a wide array of journals, making it difficult for clinicians and researchers to read and digest all of them in a timely manner. This book succeeds in raising awareness of recent developments in the field of allergy, and it is organized in a manner that holds interest to a diverse group of readers. Clinicians can quickly review subject material directly pertaining to patient care, and researchers have access to critical reviews of the major findings in their field of interest. Although it is impossible to analyze every publication the world has to offer in allergic disorders, the authors of this book have done a tremendous job in the emphasis of papers with the most potential to impact the field.