WAO Medical Book Review
Vervloet D, Magnan A
Médecine – Sciences Flammarion ed., Paris 2003, 1 vol (1148 pages)
Format: 21 x 28 cm
Cost of book: € 70 / Approximately $89.98 USD
Reviewed by Professor Gabrielle Pauli
President of the French Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology
Hôpitaux Universitaires – Strasbourg (France).
The "Traité d'allergologie" is the most exhaustive textbook published in French in recent years. It is divided into 3 parts: the first concerns the fundamental aspects of allergic reactions, the second covers all the epidemiological and clinical aspects of allergic diseases, and the third deals with the therapeutic aspects. The book is the work of a group of French authors known as experts in different fields of immunology and clinical allergy. Extensive development is given to fundamental and experimental aspects (26 chapters over 323 pages), such as the cells involved in allergen presentation, the structure of native and recombinant allergens, and the actors interfering in asthma hyperreactivity. An original aspect of this book is the thorough review of the relation between atmospheric pollutants and allergic diseases. Also to be noted, the up-to-date presentation of topics concerning the allergens involved in the different diseases, with references to molecular biology. The clinical aspects of all allergic diseases are outstandingly described and provide extensive information on asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, atopic eczema, contact dermatitis, angioedema, urticaria, food-induced allergic diseases, ocular diseases, allergic alveolitis, and sting-induced diseases, as well as all occupational allergic diseases. In the therapeutic section, a large place is given to immunotherapy, prevention, and specific treatment of asthma and dermatological diseases. From a practical point of view, some readers might regret the absence of special chapters devoted to cutaneous tests, provocation tests, and other biological tests in routine use.
Good figures and tables contribute to the clarity of the text. A few color photographs in the middle of the book bring some diversion in a very serious but somewhat austere book.
In summary, this book is a must for graduate students who are preparing for the specialty of allergology and clinical immunology. Clinicians will find it a most valuable book of reference.
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