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Clinical Asthma

Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Jonathan A. Bernstein, Mark L. Levy

CRC Press

337 pages | 53 B/W Illus.

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Enormous progress in asthma research has been made in the past 50 years, including a greater understanding of its complex pathogenesis and new and more effective therapies. Consequently, the scientific literature has grown vast and can be difficult to integrate. With contributions from a distinguished panel of world-renowned authors, Clinical Asthma: Theory and Practice presents a comprehensive study of both the common and the more challenging problems faced by all health care personnel who treat patients with asthma.

The book is divided into seven sections, starting with the basics of asthma and ending with a discussion on the approach to asthma worldwide and in the primary care setting. Reflecting a strong clinical emphasis, each chapter begins with a patient case study supported by essential background information on the basic science and clinical decision-making process. This is followed by a discussion of clinical evaluation and management.

The multidisciplinary coverage explores a range of topics including genetics, inflammation, immunology, and the identification of different endotypes. Using a bench-to-bedside approach, the book links basic science to the clinical management of asthma and explores options for improvement. The carefully selected authorship from experts worldwide presents a truly global outlook.


"…if you want to learn more about asthma in reasonable depth then this is a good port of call. It is reasonably detailed and its main thrust is clinical … I’m sure once a healthcare professional is finished reading it, then they will be far more knowledgeable in this condition."

—Dr. Harry Brown

Table of Contents

The Basics of Asthma

Epidemiology of Asthma: A Worldwide Perspective; Colin R. Simpson and Aziz Sheikh

Immunopathogenesis; Chris J. Corrigan

Genetics and Asthma; Rebecca E. Slager, Xingnan Li, Deborah A. Meyers, and Eugene R. Bleecker

Endotypes and Asthma; Pranabashis Haldar and Rachid Berair

Diagnosis of Asthma

Guidelines in Asthma; Louis-Philippe Boulet

Diagnosis of Asthma in Preschool-Age Children; Chris Cleveland, Lora Stewart, Bradley Chipps, and Joseph D. Spahn

Diagnosis of Asthma in Older Children and Adults; Paul M. O’Byrne

United Airways: Managing Patients with Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma; Glenis K. Scadding and Guy Scadding

Asthma Triggers

Viral Infections in Asthma; Joy Hsu and Pedro C. Avila

Asthma and Allergens; James L. Friedlander, Sachin Baxi, and Wanda Phipatanakul

Air Pollutants; Neil E. Alexis and Chris Carlsten

Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction; Christopher Randolph and John M. Weiler

Asthma Education and Outcomes

Asthma Education; Vanessa M. McDonald and Peter G. Gibson

Adherence and Outcomes; Andrew G. Weinstein

Inhaler Devices; Federico Lavorini, Mark L. Levy, and Giovanni A. Fontana

Assessment of Asthma Control in Adults; Claude S. Farah and Helen K. Reddel

Asthma Management and Treatments

Management of Pediatric Asthma; Leonard B. Bacharier

Management of Adolescent Asthma; Gina T. Cosia, Beverley J. Sheares, and Jean-Marie Bruzzese

Management of Adult Asthma; Pallavi Bellamkonda and Thomas B. Casale

Management of Asthma in Older Adults; Tolly G. Epstein

Severe Acute and Life-Threatening Asthma in Children; Annabelle Quizon and Erick Forno

Severe Acute and Life-Threatening Asthma in Adults; Brian H. Rowe

Asthma and Special Populations

Asthma and Obesity: Clinical Implications; Fernando Holguin

Occupational Asthma; Jonathan A. Bernstein

Asthma in Pregnancy; Paul A. Greenberger

Anxiety and Depression and Asthma; Alison C. McLeish, Kimberly M. Avallone, and Kristen M. Kraemer

Approach to Asthma Worldwide and in the Primary Care Setting

Managing Asthma and Allergy: A Countrywide Approach to Integrating Care; Tari Haahtela

Primary Care Setting and Integrating Care across Primary/Secondary Care Interface; Barbara P. Yawn

Preventing Asthma Death: Primary Care Setting; Mark L. Levy


About the Editors

Jonathan A. Bernstein, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI, FACP, FACCP

Professor of Clinical Medicine

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Department of Internal Medicine

Division of Immunology/Allergy Section

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Mark L. Levy MBChB (Pret) FRCGP

General Practitioner and Senior Research Fellow

Kenton Bridge Medical Centre London, UK and Edinburgh University, UK

Subject Categories

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