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Name: Encyclopedia of Medical Immunology - Allergic Diseases
Author: Ian R. Mackay, Noel R. Rose, Dennis K. Ledford, Richard F. Lockey
Book type: Encyclopedia
Published: 2014 y.
Size: 10.4 mb
Format: PDF
Publishing house: Springer Science+Business Media New York.
Number of pages: 705

The Encyclopedia of Medical Immunology follows in the encyclopedist tradition. At the present time, however, progress is proceeding at such a rapid pace that a static volume, no matter how extensive, could never do justice to this dynamic subject. Thus our present encyclopedia is based on the concept that articles will be linked to current research and updated on a regular basis. The reader needs to gain an understanding of medical immunology not only at the date of publication, but on a continuing basis.
The need for an Encyclopedia of Medical immunology is compelling. Our encyclopedia is divided for convenience into the four subject areas: Immune deficiency diseases, allergic diseases, autoimmune diseases and vaccines. Each of these areas has significant and immediate relevance to medical practice and public health. Each is a growing area of research.
By bringing together these different areas in one comprehensive publication, the encyclopedia illustrates and emphasizes the fundamentals of the immune response. For immunity to play its part in good health, it must maintain homeostasis within itself and with all other physiologic systems. The challenges to maintaining immunologic good health are both internal and external.
As Editors-in-Chief, we trust that the users will find this "encirclement" of a body of knowledge will prove helpful for decision making in promoting immunologic health and reducing immunologic disorders.

Prof. Dr. Ian R. Mackay
Noel R. Rose, MD

This volume of the Encyclopedia of Medical Immunology, "Allergic Diseases", has been assembled with the assistance of worldwide leading and emerging experts in the field of allergy and immunology. It is a living document as the growth of the science is much too rapid for textbooks to keep pace. The editors identified the major areas of allergic diseases that are likely to prompt questions and have engaged section editors to craft entries to answer these questions. Most of these are disease- or organ-focused, but others apply to general concepts, such as anaphylaxis, pharmacology, allergen immunotherapy, and insect allergy. The editors anticipate the addition of other sections and additional entries as this volume expands.
The value is that the extensive knowledge of allergy and allergic diseases is distilled into a compendium that is searchable. The breadth of clinical science and active research in the field is reflected in the volume's range of topics, from IgE to contact dermatitis, from allergen immunotherapy to asthma, from insect hypersensitivity to rhinitis.
The editors are confident you will find this volume an excellent "go- to source" for questions related to allergic diseases and a useful reference that meets your immediate and future needs.

Dennis K. Ledford, MD
Richard F. Lockey, MD, MS

The entries are listed alphabetically and provide full references.
The volume covers the following topics:

  • Food Allergy and gastrointestinal Allergic Diseases
  • Insect Allergy
  • Allergy Diagnosis and Testing
  • Allergy Treatment: Pharmacotherapy
  • Asthma and Other Allergic Lower Respiratory Disease
  • Biology of IgE, Mast Cells and Eosinophils
  • Specific Allergens Causing Human Disease
  • Atopic Dermatitis, Urticaria and Dermatologic Allergy
  • Allergy Treatment: Immunotherapy, Immunomodulator Therapy and Allergen Avoidance
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