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WAO Medical Book Review

Monograph on Insect Allergy. Editors: Macy Levine and Richard Lockey. Published by American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology 2003. 4th edition.

Reviewed by:
Constance H Katelaris
Associate Professor
Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
Westmead Hospital, NSW

The list of contributors to this book reads like a "Who's Who" of insect allergy research!

Clinicians, entomologists and basic scientists have contributed material for the 18 chapters of this monograph that covers the science and epidemiology of insect allergy. The book has a strong North American bias although the European experience is also documented. The insects dealt with in the book are predominantly those found and causing problems in North America, however others also get a mention - the native ants (Myrrmecia sp) from Australia are also discussed.

Each chapter is thoroughly referenced with recent publications (2003) cited. In this 4th edition, the scope has been broadened to include reactions to biting insects and mosquito allergy as well as up to date knowledge on stinging insects, their venom, the allergens and clinical management of individuals suffering adverse reactions to their stings.

This text will be useful for students and teachers of allergy. For those looking for a comprehensive, up to date, and very readable resource, "Monograph on Insect Allergy" admirably satisfies the need.