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Posted: February 1, 2016

Allergic Diseases – New Insights
Edited by Celso Pereira
Online Edition Published by InTech on 22 April 2015
ISBN 978-953-51-2044-5
DOI: 10.5772/58513
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Published under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0 License)

Free, Open Access for Online Edition
Hardcover: $150 USD / €138 EUR
Available from: InTech

Dr Ian Pollock
Consultant Paediatrician and Allergist
Royal Free Foundation Hospital
London, England, United Kingdom

Allergic diseases are among the most prevalent diseases in the 21st century with an undeniable correlation with the ever-changing environment. Thus, it becomes imperative that the entire scientific community has a good understanding of the pathophysiology and treatment strategies for the many and varied allergic diseases affecting the world’s population. The chapters included in the book, Allergic Diseases – New Insights, address a variety of important topics including the genetics, newly discovered triggers, risk factors, and new therapeutic approaches for many allergic diseases. The contributions of outstanding expert authors from many countries provide the reader with an updated review on the basic, clinical and treatment aspects of allergic disease in relationship with our increased knowledge of immune system responses and allergic inflammatory reactions.

This publication updates the reader on a number of cutting-edge current topics in allergy with an international perspective.

There are 10 chapters covering a range of topics in allergy by authors from eight countries with very different patterns of allergic disease. Each chapter stands alone with no connection to the others and each is of varied structure and content.

Some chapters consist of a review of topics, with or without a contribution of the personal research by the authors, such as:  “Genetics of respiratory allergy” (Portugal) and “Eosinophilic esophagitis” (USA).

One chapter focuses on specific mediators ADA 10 & 17 (USA). Two chapters originate from Iran – one of which reports some epidemiological research on asthma and another the role of ginger in treating allergic rhinitis. A review and survey of aeroallergens originates from Russia. A Korean contribution postulates a role for a free-living Amoeba in airways inflammation, while a paper from Croatia reports some experience with “Climatothalassotherapy” in asthma.

This book demonstrates the international involvement and interest in understanding and managing allergy. Some of the topic reviews are well written and informative. However, some of the chapters contain data which are of lower quality in terms of the evidence base, such that the contents might not pass critical peer review. Another difficulty for the reader is the sub-optimal quality of some of the English translation, such that editing by a primary English speaker would have been of value.

Why Read This Book
This book has such a mixture of topics and of varying quality that it is difficult to select the ideal readership. It is not a book that one would likely read from beginning to end. However, some of the topic reviews are unique and interesting and others will serve as a useful reference.