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The Clinician’s Guide to Asthma
  1. C M Richardson
  1. Department of Respiratory Medicine, Glenfield Hospital, Groby Road, Leicester LE3 9QP, UK; catherine.richardson{at}tyne007.freeserve.co.uk

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This is an easy to read and thorough guide to asthma which covers a wide range of topics from prevalence to treatment, pharmacology to pathology. The text is engaging and interesting. It is well illustrated with numerous pictures and diagrams that enhance its readability. The strength of this book lies in its clarity. Even the chapter on the pathophysiology of asthma can be read and understood by those who feel weak at the very mention of cytokines! It is also a contemporary text and provides a useful insight into emerging ideas and novel treatments in this field. The book is suited to those who wish to obtain a broad overview of the subject and would suit medical and MRCP students, respiratory trainees, and other health professionals involved in the care of the asthmatic patient.

Although the management of the asthmatic patient is covered in detail, this is not a handbook to guide individual patient care but is, instead, a concise and thoughtful review of the disease.

In summary, if asthma is not your primary field of interest and you were asked to give a talk on the subject tomorrow, you would be well advised to hunt out this book.

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