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March 18, 1998

Allergy: Allergy and Allergic Diseases, vols 1 & 2

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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edited by A. B. Kay, 1738 pp, with illus, $275, ISBN 0-86542-867-0, Malden, Mass, Blackwell Science, 1997.

JAMA. 1998;279(11):887. doi:10.1001/jama.279.11.887-JBK0318-3-1

Any textbook devoted to allergic diseases must be evaluated based on what it contributes to the understanding of clinical disorders as well as pathogenetic processes and management. The two-volume Allergy and Allergic Diseases succeeds in these areas and more.

Written with clarity and well referenced, the 16 sections with 110 chapters are encyclopedic. The sequence, ranging from the immunologic basis of the allergic response to the prevention of allergic diseases and future trends in therapy, is cogent. Ample illustrations help summarize principal concepts and conclusions. Over 250 authors, mainly European, have contributed a homogenous, comprehensive, readable text.