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WAO Medical Book Review

Allergy: An Atlas of Investigation and Management
SH Arshad, ST Holgate, NF Adkinson, Jr, KS Babu
2005 Clinical Publishing Ltd

List Price: $139.95 USD
Available from Atlas Medical Publishing

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

This atlas reviews epidemiology, clinical manifestations and treatment of allergic disorders. The text provides for a general overview of allergic disorders commonly encountered in the allergist's office as well as a review of diagnostic tests.

The purpose is to provide up-to-date information on the mechanism, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of allergic disorders. It is designed to present the reader with the most salient features of each disorder to facilitate learning and memory recall. The majority of texts in allergy are lengthy and at times cumbersome to read; however, this text succeeds in focusing the reader on key aspects of disease manifestation and management.

The atlas is targeted to medical students, residents and clinicians in primary care specialties. The book is also a useful guide for practicing allergists and allergists-in-training to quickly review illustrations and algorithms of atopic disorders.

The eleven chapters cover the major allergic disorders seen in the field of allergy. Particular attention is given to asthma and diagnostic testing. Numerous illustrations and color photographs can be found in every chapter. The photographs are the most striking feature of this book and clearly set it apart from similar texts on the subject. Most chapters also include tables and algorithms to aid in the discussion and understanding of the material covered in the text. A deficiency noted in the text is a lack of detail in management issues and specific dosing of medications.

While the written description of physical exam findings is no substitute for the clinician's own experience at the bedside, the color photographs and informative illustrations found in this atlas provide the learner with the next best thing. Although well-written and easily understood chapters covering complex subject matters are a rarity in medicine, this book is an excellent resource for review and a convenient visual guide of allergic disorders. It is certain to complement the shelves of anyone who has an interest in allergic disorders.