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Clinician's Desk Reference, 1st Edition

By J Graham Douglas, Kurtis S Elward

CRC Press

176 pages | 133 Color Illus.

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As the series title implies each Clinician’s Desk Reference is a practical resource and a daily aid for physicians in the hospital setting and in primary care.

Asthma is one of the most important chronic disorders in the developed world. Evidence from around the world shows the prevalence of asthma has increased considerably since 1975, and now affects around 7.2% of the world population (about 100 million individuals). In the UK asthma is now the most common chronic disease affecting all age groups with approximately 11% of the population being diagnosed as having asthma at some time in their lives.

Understanding of the basic mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of asthma has improved dramatically over the past 20 years. Along with this increase in basic scientific knowledge, randomized clinical trials have produced evidence to guide clinicians in how to manage patients with asthma.

The book covers epidemiology, diagnosis and management, and takes a look at future developments. The authors highlight the under diagnosis of occupational asthma and emphasize the importance of effective patient education, particularly asthma action plans. There are ten clinical cases dealing with common diagnostic and management problems, frequently asked questions and appendices containing resources for patients and clinicians including useful websites, information leaflets and major references.


Chapters are well designed and the one on management of acute asthma in adults is extremely well done. The descriptions are thorough and complete. Clinical case examples are helpful for readers. Illustrations showing the metered-dose inhaler are useful for clinicians as well as for patients. The chapter on occupational asthma will be very helpful in day-to-day practice. The authors have written a simple guide and clinical reference for asthma. This easy to understand book will find its place on practitioners' desks. (5 stars)

—K. P. Ravikrishnan, FRCP (C), FACP FCCP, William Beaumont Hospitals, Doody's Review Service

…a practical resource and a daily aid for young physicians in both a hospital setting and in primary care… plenty of practical information… a very appealing format, with lots of graphs and illustrations and an easy to read text… very well written and very to the point… worth reading

—M. Gaga, European Respiratory Review, June 2012

Table of Contents

The size of the problem

Scientific principles of asthma

Making a diagnosis of asthma

Inhaler devices

Long term management of asthma in adults

Management of acute asthma in adults

Management of childhood asthma

Occupational asthma

Educating patients and clinicians

Asthma in primary care

The future

Clinical cases

Frequently asked questions by patients

Appendix 1: Resources for patients

Appendix 2: Resources for clinicians

Practice points

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Pulmonary & Thoracic Medicine