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Book and Media Reviews
July 28, 2010

Asthma, Health and Society: A Public Health Perspective

JAMA. 2010;304(4):472-473. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1037

This readable text of 343 pages takes a public health perspective of asthma. Its emphasis is on the social systems in which individuals live and how these systems influence the development, expression, and outcomes of the diagnosis of asthma.

The text is divided into 3 sections. Section 1, “An Introduction,” contains 5 chapters of basic information, including updated epidemiologic data, pathophysiology and diagnosis, and a discussion of genetic and environmental influences on asthma. The last 2 chapters in this section review principles of asthma screening and asthma ecology.

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