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Clinical Asthma
Theory and Practice

ISBN 9781466585614
Published February 6, 2014 by CRC Press
338 Pages 53 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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

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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


"…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