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Chinese Translation by: Ivy Shiue, PhD, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom


The Allergy Epidemic: A Mystery of Modern Life
By Dr. Susan Prescott
Published by UWA Publishing (University of Western Australia); 2011
ISBN: 9781742582917

Retail Price: AUD$29.95 / NZD$39.95 Available from UWA Publishing
零售價: 澳幣29.95 元/ 紐西蘭幣39.95 元

16 Chapters plus notes and an extensive bibliography
16 章節加上附言以及詳細書目

Foreword by Prof. Ruby Pawankar, President, World Allergy Organization

Phillip L. Lieberman, MD
Asthma & Allergy Associates
Germantown, Tennessee USA

This wonderful instructive text is a unique contribution to the literature intended for the instruction of allergy sufferers. The dedication reads, "This book is for the countless millions who suffer the many burdens of allergic diseases, and for all those who are working so hard to solve the mystery of this epidemic."


It is unique because it is designed not only for the sufferers but for those of us who care for them. A difficult task, to speak, to such diverse audiences, but Dr. Prescott has carried it out with immense aplomb. She has delicately walked the line between an erudite text intended for scholars and a "how to manage your disease volume" designed for patients. In doing so, she deals with complex scientific phenomenon in an easily readable and concise fashion.


It is also unique in its topics. The book is actually divided into two fairly distinct sections. The first section is, for the most part, a discussion of the scientific principles underlying the "allergy epidemic." The second section deals with the more practical aspects of allergic diseases and includes subjects such as the general principles of diagnosis and management, food allergy, and the allergic diseases such as eczema, asthma, and allergic rhinitis. Although it is a daunting task indeed to capture this vast area in an intelligible manner, Dr. Prescott does it with clarity and impact.

各章節的主題也是獨一無二的。這本書實際上是分為兩個相當不同的部分。第一部分是,在大多數情況下,討論“過敏症流行”的科學原理。第二部分則是論述實際面,包括診斷和管理的一般指導原則、食物過敏症、以及其它過敏性疾病如濕疹、氣喘、和過敏性鼻炎等。雖然這是一項艱鉅的任務,一個易於理解的方式確實涵括其領域的大部分。皮思考特博士給予 相當的清晰度和影響力。

The chapters at the beginning of the book on the immune system, the importance of early life in the development of allergy, genetics, and especially the section on epigenetics are alone worth the price of the text. I found it highly instructive, even as a physician who has been involved in the management of patients with allergic disease for over four decades. 


Another wonderfully enchanting aspect of the text is that it is embedded with periodic personal anecdotes, tales of Dr. Prescott's family and mentors, and touches of her personal philosophy. All of these add warmth not normally seen in such books, and make the appeal of this text far more personable. 


Even though difficult scientific concepts are dealt with, it is a relatively "easy read" enlivened by the fact that it not only projects cold facts, but does so with an underlying "story line" that keeps the reader interested throughout the entire manuscript. 

即使要處理複雜的科學概念,它仍然是相對“容易閱讀”,其原因在於它不僅投射硬生生的科學事實,還增添“故事行列” ,讓讀者能有持續性的興趣閱讀全文。

In summary, I found this to be an absolutely delightful tale about allergy which should be part and parcel of every allergist's library and can be recommended for our patients. I finished it with a permanent change in perspective as to the underpinnings of the rapid growth in allergic disease that we have seen over the past 50 years. Dr. Prescott has opened my eyes to phenomenon of which I was totally unaware. I was grateful for the read and, as noted, can recommend it without hesitation.