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

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The Allergy Epidemic: A Mystery of Modern Life
過敏症流行:現代生活的奧秘
By Dr. Susan Prescott
蘇珊皮思考特博士著作
Published by UWA Publishing (University of Western Australia); 2011
ISBN: 9781742582917
西澳大學印刷

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
路比帕灣卡教授前言,世界過敏症組織

Reviewer:
評論者
Phillip L. Lieberman, MD
飛利浦利伯曼醫生
Asthma & Allergy Associates
氣喘及過敏症副研究員
Germantown, Tennessee USA
美國田納西傑門鎮

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."

這個美妙的指導性文本是專門給過敏症患者的獨特貢獻。其題詞上寫著,“這本書是給無數患有過敏性疾病的人,以及那些致力於解開這一流行病奧秘的人。”

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.

它是獨一無二的,因為它的設計不僅為患者,也為那些照顧他/她們的人。把這些事講給不同的觀眾群是一項艱鉅的任務,但皮思考特博士仍然將之泰然自若的進行。她微妙行走於廣泛的主題用以提供學者和“如何管理你的病症”用以提供給病人。藉由這樣做,她將複雜的科學現象用一個簡單易讀的方法闡釋。

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.

本書起始的章節從免疫系統開始,敘述其對早期過敏症和遺傳發展的重要性,尤其是超基因學的部分即以值得整本書的價錢。即使是作為一個醫生參與了超過四十年的過敏性疾病患者的管理,我發現它很有啟發性。

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.

另一方面是其奇妙迷人的文字用語,相繼嵌入皮思考特博士的家人和其導師的個人軼事。這些全部增添了人性溫暖,並非其它書籍所能比擬,而使得這本書更加吸引人。

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.

總之,我認為這本閱讀絕對令人愉快,並且應該要珍藏於每一位過敏症專家的書庫之中,以便推薦給我們的病人。讀完後,它讓我們增廣見聞,對於過去50年間的過敏性疾病有所更加瞭解並改變觀感。皮思考特博士拓寬了我的視野,我很感激​能閱讀此書,並可以毫不猶豫地推薦給大家。