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April 9, 1982

Bronchial Asthma: Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment

Author Affiliations

Mt Auburn Hospital Cambridge, Mass


edited by M. Eric Gershwin, 456 pp, with illus, $39.50, New York, Grune & Stratton Inc, 1981.

JAMA. 1982;247(14):2026. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320390084057

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Bronchial Asthma, edited by M. Eric Gershwin, is an excellent compendium of up-to-date information concerning a common medical syndrome. The chapters in this wellwritten book span the total range of the illness, including pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and treatment. The editor has also incorporated chapters on important and hard-to-find information such as epidemiology and psychological considerations.

The chapters on immunology are complex but understandable. The medical diagnosis and treatment section is well organized and would be genuinely valuable to an active clinician. A specific allergy history and survey questionnaire is included. Pharmacology and pathophysiology are integrated quite well, and all aspects of asthma from childhood to adult, and even problems of pregnancy, are discussed.

I believe that this book is a success. Current information is well referenced and presented in a concise, easily readable style. More importantly, each author is genuinely trying to teach the reader. The frequent use of tables