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WAO Medical Book Reviews

July 2015

Food Allergy: Molecular Basis and Clinical Practice
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, Volume 101

Edited by Motohiro Ebisawa, Barbara K. Ballmer-Weber, Stefan Vieths, Robert A. Wood
Copyright 2015 Karger AG, Basel
ISBN: 978-3-318-02340-4 (Print)
eISBN: 978-3-318-02341-1 (Online)

$205.87 USD / €188.10 EUR / Fr196.00 CHF (Print)
$242.63 USD / €221.66 EUR / Fr231.00 CHF (Online)
Available from: Karger AG

Pavel Kolkhir, MD, PhD
Department of Dermatology and Venereology
First Moscow State Medical University
Moscow, Russia


Food Allergy: Molecular Basis and Clinical Practice is a valuable collection of the key reviews written by opinion leaders in the field and it provides the reader with in-depth insights into food allergies from childhood to adulthood. 


The book explores various clinical, basic and experimental aspects of food allergy in patients of any age. The intention of this edition is to cover clinical and molecular basis of the disease and to help allergists and other specialists in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of both rare and common reactions to food, including allergen-based and gastrointestinal food allergies, eosinophilic esophagitis and anaphylaxis.


The book is an essential source of information for allergists, pediatricians, internists, dermatologists and general practitioners. Furthermore, it is an excellent resource of up-to-date material for any researcher who works in the field of food allergy.


The text of the book consists of 6 sections and includes 19 figures and 56 tables. An extensive background part addresses epidemiology, history, basic immunology and pathophysiology of food allergy. The sections that follow describe approaches to diagnosis and management of allergen-based and disease-based food allergies, provide insights into oral immunotherapy and cover common individual reactions to food such as anaphylaxis, eosinophilic, gastrointestinal food allergies, etc. The figures and tables contain the lists of causative food allergens, useful algorithms for diagnosis and treatment, and they help clinicians to better understand the mechanisms of food intolerance. The last chapters include dietary recommendations and educational programs.


Food Allergy: Molecular Basis and Clinical Practice is one of most comprehensive and valuable books on food allergy in this field. In addition to information useful in clinical daily practice it also describes the fundamental immunological and molecular aspects of the disease.

Why read this book? How will it impact my practice?

Featuring contributions by world-renowned experts, this book presents the current concepts, practice and recent advances in the field of food allergy. It is written in a concise and clear manner, contains references from high-impact journals and it will be useful for allergy trainees as well as experts interested in allergic reactions to food. I have enjoyed reading the book and I learned new data on typical and unusual presentations of food intolerance that will help me to improve my clinical practice.