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Book and Media Reviews
November 4, 2009

Allergy Frontiers

JAMA. 2009;302(17):1909-1910. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1596

Allergy Frontiers is a remarkable undertaking by 3 well-known experts in the field of allergy/immunology. This projected 6-volume series (3 volumes of which are currently available) is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art review comprising more than 150 chapters.

Volume 1, Epigenetics, Allergens and Risk Factors, contains 400 pages and is separated into 4 parts: “Evolution of Allergy,” “Epigenetics and Phenotypes,” “Allergens,” and “Risk Factors.” This logical approach for the first book establishes what is known regarding the epidemiology, genetics, and immunology of allergen structure and recognition, as well as risk factors. It contains welcome chapters such as “Indoor Air Pollution and Airway Disease” and “Socioeconomic Status and Asthma in Children.” The latter chapter provides an in-depth look at the complicated interplay of individual, family, neighborhood, and societal factors on the prevalence of childhood asthma.

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