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March 28, 1977

Bronchial Asthma: Mechanisms and Therapeutics

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Chicago

JAMA. 1977;237(13):1380. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270400084037

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In this comprehensive, monumental text on bronchial asthma, the editors have enrolled 109 authors, most of whom are international authorities. The book is divided into two almost equal parts: "Mechanisms of Bronchial Asthma" and "Diagnosis and Treatment."

In the 39 chapters of the first part, the epidemiologic, genetic, immunologic, pharmacologic, physiologic, biochemical, and pathological aspects of asthma are thoroughly and delightfully reviewed. The authors have completely avoided the specialized, esoteric language and, at the same time, discuss the techniques and basic mechanisms.

In the second part, the first seven chapters cover the clinical, radiological, and pathological methods used in diagnosing asthma. The next 37 chapters take up diagnosis and treatment. Many topics frequently omitted in other textbooks are comprehensively presented: hypnosis, psychosomatic aspects in asthma, rehabilitation, the role of surgery, anesthesia, preoperative and postoperative evaluation, pregnancy and asthma.

The book, well organized, presents a balanced view of asthma and is