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WAO Medical Book Reviews

Posted: November 3, 2016

Atopic Dermatitis: Eczema
Edited by: Johannes Ring
ISBN 978-3-319-22242-4
eISBN: 978-3-319-22243-1
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-22243-1

$79.99 USD / €67.82 EUR (eBook)
$109.00 USD / €85.59 EUR (Hardcover)
Available from: Springer

Reviewer
Manuel Rial Prado, MD, PhD
Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Complexo Hospitalario Universitario
A Coruña, Spain

Description
The prevalence of allergic diseases is growing worldwide. Of these, atopic dermatitis is one of the most troublesome skin diseases affecting up to 20 % of children between the ages of three and five years. For patients and families, this condition presents personal suffering, impaired quality of life and high costs.

Although it is easily recognizable by the most experienced physicians, it remains a major challenge for primary care physicians and pediatricians due to the chronicity and variability of the disease.

Purpose
Expand existing knowledge to date on the epidemiology and pathophysiology of atopic dermatitis, and assist in establishing this clinical diagnosis.

The management of patients with atopic dermatitis as well as special treatments and substances are discussed.

Features
The content is organized into six sections. An overview summarizes the history and epidemiology of the disease. Part two describes the clinical symptoms of atopic eczema. Each review includes a detailed description of the symptoms, examples with illustrations of cases from clinical practice, and strategies for accurate diagnosis. Other sections include pathophysiology, obtaining the information necessary to make an accurate diagnosis, a review of current treatment options, and an evaluation of special therapies. There is also a section on the prevention of eczema.

The final section of the book tries to answer the question of how to live better with atopic dermatitis. The importance of the family history, key features of the physical exam and appropriate diagnostic tests are discussed.

Assessment and Audience
This book presents a comprehensive overview of atopic eczema, including its immunological basis, diagnosis and management. It will prove useful for pediatricians, dermatologists, allergists, and even students because it is a very well organized, clear and concise clinical tool.

Why read this book? How will it impact my practice?
This book describes thoroughly and clearly the epidemiological, pathophysiological and diagnostic aspects of atopic dermatitis. The reader will expand their knowledge on the disease and have a very useful tool available to help offer each patient the best individualized treatment options.