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Clinical Focus Series: Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
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Om P Sharma MD FRCP Master FCCP
 


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ISBN9789350252697
Edition 1/e
Publish Year2013
Pages193
Size 6" X 9"
Cover TypePaper Back
With CD/DVD No
Quick Overview
Clinical Focus Series' Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis opens with a brief historical account, followed by descriptions of epidemiologic, radiologic, immunopathologic, histopathologic, diagnostic, and therapeutic developments. A group of highly respected international authorities have contributed the easy-to-read chapters, enhanced by informative visual images. The thread of clinical discussion that focuses on the basic scientific information runs through the book. The contributing authors have effectively condensed the ever growing field with an appropriate balance of basic science and clinical information of HP.
Target Audience
Physicians-in-training, Family Practitioners, Internists, Pulmonologists, Allergists, Pathologists, Physician Assistants, and Physicians of Other Specialties.
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REVIEWER'S EXPERT OPINION

Joel C Seidman, MD (William Beaumont Hospitals)

Description

current state of knowledge about and clinical management of acute and chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

Purpose

munobiology of these diverse maladies of inflammatory interstitial lung disease continue to be only partially understood, the fascination with them derives from their relative infrequency, their association with environmental or exogenous, identifiable, and potentially excludable provocateurs, and their exceptional responsiveness to anti-inflammatory pharmacotherapy, most notably glucocorticoids, compared to other interstitial lung diseases.

Audience

The audience is pulmonologists and occupational medicine specialists with an interest in the aberrant biology and clinical response to the inhalation of environmental provocateurs or consumption of implicated pharmaceutical agents.

The book is edited by an internationally renowned and veteran expert on inflammatory interstitial lung disease, most notably sarcoidosis, with approximately two dozen additional contributors.

Features

Within the broad genera of interstitial lung disease, this book focuses solely on the subject of hypersensitivity pneumonitis, acknowledging its place as an inflammatory phenomenon with the title "hypersensitivity pneumonitis" rather than "hypersensitivity pneumonia." Illustrations and graphics are limited, but sufficient. The references at the end of each chapter are extensive and relevant and the index is a thorough and useful. There is some inconsistency in style of presentation between chapters, suggesting little collaboration between the authors (e.g., chapter 9 is the only one with case studies).

Assessment

While this book is informative and up to date, and despite the fact it has been acknowledged as the only authoritative text devoted to this subject in the last two decades, I am not convinced that it offers much more than dedicated chapters in comprehensive pulmonary medicine textbooks.

Nonetheless, it achieves its intended goals and would be useful to pulmonologists or occupational medicine specialists.

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