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  • Landmark Papers in Allergy Seminal Papers in Allergy with Expert Commentaries

    Landmark Papers in Allergy
    hen Holgate
    Edited by Aziz Sheikh, Thomas Platts-Mills, and Allison Worth

    Landmark Papers in Allergy is a definitive collection of over 90 papers charting key discoveries and scientific advances in relation to allergy and the development of treatment and care for allergic disorders. Comprehensive in its coverage, the book includes the first clear descriptions of allergic diseases; the major advances in treatments, such as the discovery of antihistamines, cortisone, biological therapies and immunotherapy; the great immunological advances, such as the discovery of immunoglobulin E (IgE) and leukotrienes; the possible factors behind the increase in allergy, such as the house dust mite, changes in hygiene and diet; and the growing understanding of the social, psychological and quality-of-life consequences of allergy.

    Hardback | 28 February 2013
  • Oxford Handbook of Clinical Immunology and Allergy

    Oxford Handbook of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
    Third Edition
    Gavin Spickett

    The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Immunology and Allergy is a unique, practical and clinically relevant guide for clinicians and laboratory staff to assist with the diagnosis and management of immunological/allergic disease, and the correct selection and interpretation of immunological tests. Now fully updated for the third edition, the handbook has been expanded to include the latest developments, drugs, diagnostic tests, and therapy options in the field.

    Oxford Medical Handbooks
    Flexicover | 07 February 2013
  • Allergy and the Nervous System

    Allergy and the Nervous System
    J. Bienenstock Ed.
    Chemical Immunology and Allergy Vol.98
    S. Karger AG., Basel 2012
    ISBN 978-3-8055-9984-9

    John Bienestock and his co-workers have been among the first researchers to stress the relevance of neuroimmune interactions in allergic diseases with their pioneer studies on the anatomical contacts between mast cells and nerves as well as on the role of neurotrophins in modulating the mast cell release of inflammatory cytokines. Therefore, no one better than John Bienenstock could have edit this 272 pages book of the prestigious series Chemical Immunology and Allergy.

    In fact, the Editor has been able to select for the 15 chapters of the volume the most relevant topics in neuroendocrine immunology and the most qualified experts to address them.

    The book covers with the same accuracy both basic aspects of the structure and function of the neuro-immune system and translational aspects, with special relevance to lung and skin diseases.

    Specific chapters are devoted to the Parasympathetic nerves and muscarine receptors, the Mast-Cell-Nerve Functional Unit, Neurotrophins and their role in Allergic Inflammation and Remodeling, the Role of the Gut Microbiota in regulating the HPA axis and the Behavioral Correlates of Food Allergy.
    Three chapters are devoted to asthma, including one on its relationships to psychological distress, and two to skin diseases and itch.

    In spite of the high and increasing number of papers in the area of neutoimmunology, this book is quite unique in this field, by providing a comprehensive and up-dated review of all major research and clinical issues for both experts in this area and those who wish to discover the fascinating world of body-mind interactions in allergy and asthma.
  • European Respiratory Monograph - Paediatric Asthma

    The European Respiratory Monograph (ERM) is the quarterly book series issued by the European Respiratory Society (ERS). Each Monograph covers a specific area of respiratory medicine, providing in-depth reviews that give clinicians a concise and comprehensive guide to symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.


    Vol. 56, 2012, edited by Kai-Håkon Carlsen and Jorrit Gerritsen, is an issue focused on Paediatric Asthma, and includes the following topics:

    • Asthma in children: the road to individual asthma phenotypes
    • Infantile and preschool asthma
    • Problematic severe asthma
    • Asthma at school age and in adolescence
    • Physical exercise, training and sports in asthmatic children and adolescents
    • Food allergy, asthma and anaphylaxis
    • The burden of paediatric asthma: economic and familiar
    • Lung development and the role of asthma and allergy
    • Genetics and epigenetics of childhood asthma
    • The role of viral and bacterial infections on the development and exacerbations of asthma
    • Role of allergen exposure on the development of asthma in childhood
    • Indoor and outdoor air pollution and the development of asthma
    • Psychological factors
    • Airway hyperresponsiveness in children
    • Treatment of acute asthma
    • Treatment of infant and preschool asthma
    • Treatment of asthma from childhood to adulthood
    • Follow-up of children with asthma
    • New and future developments of therapy for asthma in children

    Read the monograph on Paediatric Asthma here.
  • Exploring Immunology: Concepts and Evidence

    Exploring Immunology: Concepts and Evidence
    Gordon MacPherson & Jon Austyn

    Description: The immune system is the body organ that protects all higher organisms against infections and parasites. The immune system of vertebrates is particularly complex and is one of only two immune systems which allows - in the form of antibodies - for almost unlimited variability through genetic rearrangements. Almost any disruption in the immune system results in a more or less severe disease and/or will render the carrier susceptible to a variety of infectious agents. In addition, it has become clear that the immune system often plays a critical role during cancer development and an inappropriate immune response is responsible for the development of autoimmune diseases and allergies.

    Understanding the immune system is thus not only critical for the treatment of many infectious diseases but also for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, allergies and increasingly cancer.

    This concise introductory textbook uses carefully chosen examples from clinical and experimental observations to provide an insight into the principles underlying the immune system. As a result, it encourages readers to ask critical questions in order to further advance our understanding of this unique organ. Both authors are experienced lecturers and highly regarded researchers.
  • Immunology IV: Clinical Applications in Health and Disease

    Immunology IV: Clinical Applications in Health and Disease
    Editor:  Joseph A. Bellanti, MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
    Associate Editors: Alejandro Escobar-Gutierrez, PhD, National School of Biological Sciences, Mexico City; George C. Tsokos, MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston.
    Publisher: I Care Press, Bethesda, MD, 2012

    With the publication of his landmark fourth edition of Immunology IV: Clinical Applications in Health and Disease, Dr. Bellanti has written an opus magnum of clinical immunology that assembles the latest research findings and clinical applications of immunology in one comprehensive, up-to-date volume. Together with his two co-editors, Drs. Alejandro Escobar-Gutierrez and George C. Tsokos, Dr. Bellanti has produced the completely re-written 2012 4th edition of his widely acclaimed series of immunology textbooks. Accompanied by a complementary online version the work allows interactive multi-level learning and teaching with high state-of the art animations, hyperlinks, clinical case studies and interactive questions and answers with access to a continuously up-dated version of the book.

    The brilliance of the work derives not only from the expertise of  the individual authors selected to write each of the 25 chapters but is also assured by the direct participation of the redactorial skills of the editor within each of the  chapters. The introductory clinical case presentations that greet the reader at the beginning of each chapter together with the consistent use of highly creative illustrations throughout the book   produce a continuity of style that maintains a fidelity to the clinical theme not commonly found in other textbooks. This avoids the omissions or repetitions often found in many other works.

    The book fully respects the transectional nature of the discipline of clinical immunology which cuts horizontally across each of the many divisions of medicine by comprehensively covering from bench to bed-side introductory chapters dealing with the cells, cytokines and mediators of the immune response together with mechanisms of immune responses to bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infection and then progressing to more clinically-relevant chapters describing the immunodeficiencies, allergic diseases, autoimmune diseases, immune response to cancer, lymphoproliferative diseases, and transplantation immunology. These chapters are complemented by subsequent chapters describing diagnostic laboratory tests together with the most recent immunologically-based treatments, including vaccines and immodulatory agents each enriched by excellent summarizing tables. For example, I have never seen a more useful comprehensive reference source as the 5-page table on immune response modifiers found in the annex to Chapter 11.

    I must unabashedly disclose what might be construed as a potential conflict of interest in my reviewing this book since I am unquestionably influenced by the great admiration I have for Joseph Bellanti, as a scientist, as a physician and as one of the pioneer mentors of the discipline of allergy and clinical immunology, from whom I personally learned the first basics of immunology at the beginning of my career. However, I do not feel it influenced me significantly in my very positive opinion on what Dr. Bellanti and co-workers were able to achieve.

    The final comment I usually make when reviewing a book, is its cost. This hard cover beautifully illustrated book has an extremely favorable cost/value ratio and is affordably priced at $99. Its purchase is accompanied by the online version and the editor has indicated that all net proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to research and educational programs. 

    I do think that the textbook of Joseph A. Bellanti is the ideal reference not only for pre-graduate and post-graduate students, but also the ideal reference for residents and fellows preparing for certification and board examinations as well as a crucial resource for researchers and all health care providers. 

    Sergio Bonini

    Professor of Medicine
    Second University of Naples

    ISBN: 978-0-692-01160-7
    Hardcover, 1063 pages, 800 illustrations, index.
    List price for text and access to the online service: $99.00 plus S/H
    Order from: I Care Press, Bethesda, Maryland; Web:;  Phone: 202-687-8227 (continental U.S. and Canada), 301-938-2940 (all other locations); Fax: 202-784-3597; Mail: P.O. Box 40902, Washington, DC 20016, USA    

  • EFA Book on Respiratory Allergies

    EFA Book on Respiratory Allergies

    The statistics speak for themselves: 1 in every 2 Europeans will suffer from an allergy by 2015, but what’s worse is that their chronic condition is very likely to be underdiagnosed and undertreated. This is the message of the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Association (EFA) to the European Parliament yesterday during the launch of its new book on respiratory allergies. Allergies and asthma are the most common chronic diseases in Europe: 113 million people suffer from allergic rhinitis and 68 million from allergic asthma, and both chronic conditions are on a steady rise.

    The crux of EFA’s book is the wealth of information collected through a comprehensive survey sent to EFA member associations on the state of allergies across the EU. The President of EFA, Mrs Breda Flood introduced the book as “the first part of a 4 year allergy awareness project to create better public awareness of respiratory allergies and their unmet needs, and bring policy makers, the medical community and the public to treat these conditions as a major public health challenge.” The results reveal the loopholes and inequalities in prevention, diagnosis and management of respiratory allergies.

    Download the EFA Book on Respiratory Allergies:

    Source: EFA Press Release “A breath of fresh air: New data on the most common and underestimated chronic disease in the EU - respiratory allergies”, 25 Nov 2011,
  • ABC of Asthma, 6th edition


    ABC of Asthma, 6th edition
    John Rees
    Dipak Kanabar
    Shriti Pattani

    Asthma is a common condition with increasing prevalence. This new edition of the highly regarded ABC of Asthma has been thoroughly revised with reference to the latest British Thoracic Society guidelines on the management of asthma in children and adults. It covers the advances in practice and methods, with a new emphasis on delivery systems, self-dose assessment and delivery of care with different pharmacological approaches.

    The ABC of Asthma is a concise, up-to-date overview of all aspects of asthma and includes two new chapters focussing on GP practice issues including clinical management and organisation of asthma care. It is ideal for GPs, junior doctors and medical students, nurses, and anyone dealing with the treatment of asthma in children and adults.
  • Inflammation and Allergy Drug Design

    Inflammation and Allergy Drug Design

    K. Izuhara
    Stephen T. Holgate
    Marsha Wills-Karp

    Our knowledge and understanding of allergic diseases of the respiratory tract has improved to a point where new therapies are being developed for patient benefit.

    Inflammation and Allergy Drug Design explains the biologic science that underpins the pathophysiology of asthma and related disorders, as well as their mechanisms. This authoritative guide consists of 25 chapters, each detailing the cutting-edge developments in a particular field. It is divided into three parts, covering cytokines, chemokines, grow factors and mediators.

    This book allows immunologists, allergologists and researchers in the pharmaceutical industry to learn and appreciate the target biology in drug development. It also provides medical and pharmaceutical postgraduate students and clinicians with a basic understanding of allergic diseases in the respiratory tract.
  • Treatment Strategies Respiratory

    April2011_new book
    Treatment Strategies Respiratory

    Treatment Strategies - Respiratory is a print and on-line eBook publication that provides its readership with a collection of comprehensive and thought provoking articles from the most respected key opinion leaders, leading doctors and authorities in the respiratory field.

    Treatment Strategies - Respiratory will inform and educate clinicians on the latest respiratory therapeutic and technological advances.

    Publisher: The Cambridge Research Centre


  • Allergy in Practice

    Allergy in Practice

    After the first two editions of this book (1982 and 1988) sold over 20,000 copies, the publisher and author decided to collaborate on a new and totally rewritten third edition.  In this endeavor the original aim of a very brief and precise booklet containing relevant information for allergy practise was not forgotten. The book started as a collection of short information leaflets for residents rotating through the Allergy Division at Munich.

    Johannes Ring
    With a foreword by Thomas Platts-Mills
  • Asthma


    This book is a lavishly illustrated reference for healthcare professionals that treat asthma patients.

    The first in the Clinicians Desk Reference series is specifically written for healthcare professionals who care for patients with asthma, either as a primary caregiver or in a hospital. Current evidence-based guidelines have been used for the writting of this book.

    The text is illustrated with a large number of diagrams and full-color clinical photographs.

    Author Affiliation

    J. Graham Douglas (Respiratory Unit, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, UK (Author)

    Richard Brooker (Contributor)

    Iain Small (Contributor)

    Graeme Currie (Contributor)
  • Atopic Dermatitis

    Atopic Dermatitis

    Dr. Mark Boguniewicz
    , issues his new book with the following topics: 

    * Role of Fungi in Atopic Dermatitis
    * The Infectious Aspects of Atopic Dermatitis
    * Contact Allergy in Atopic Dermatitis
    * Role of the Nurse Educator in Atopic Dermatitis
    * Investigational and Unproven Therapies in Atopic Dermatitis
    * Addressing Psychosocial Aspects of Atopic Dermatitis
    * Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Atopic Dermatitis
    * Quality of Life in Atopic Dermatitis

    Editor: Mark Boguniewicz, MD

  • Fast Facts: Asthma

    2010/new_books/fast_facts_asthmaFast Facts: Asthma
    Despite the availability of many effective treatments for asthma, patients'control of the condition is often suboptimal.  Now in its third edition, Fast Facts: Asthma delivers a clear practical message - improved asthma control can be achieved through efficient commonsense delivery of asthma care.

    This highly readable and well-illustrated book examines the essentials of good asthma care, distilled from the latest international guidelines and best available evidence.  These include:

    • accurate asthma diagnosis
    • identification of risk factors and triggers
    • objective assessment of airway inflammation and severity
    • practical and convenient measurement of lung function
    • effective delivery of inhaled medication
    • the recommended stepwise approach to asthma treatment
    • recognition and treatment of acute asthma attacks
    • individualized management plans and patient education.
    The practical applied information presented in this fully updated edition of Fast Facts: Asthma is designed to help healthcare professionals in primary care improve treatment, reduce dependence on reliever medication, achieve near-normal lung function and improve quality of life in all patients with asthma.

    Stephen T Holgate, MRC Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology, School of Medicine, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, UK
    Jo Douglass, Head, Allergy, Asthma and Clinical, Immunology Service, Alfred hospital and Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Book Contents
    Pathophysiology; Epidemiology and natural history; Diagnosis and classification; Management; Acute asthma attacks; Exercise-induced asthma; Future trends.

    To order these books and receive 10% discount please visit and enter coupon code SP10 at checkout process.

  • Basic and Clinical Immunology

    new-bookBasic and Clinical Immunology

    Within this one volume both basic science and clinical immunology are demystified for the medical and other health sciences student. The basic immunological processes are described first, with a level of detail restricted to what is appropriate for medical (and similar) curricula. In the second part of the book, immunological mechanisms behind major diseases of the various body systems are explained. Throughout the text clinical details are highlighted and more in-depth material is differentiated from the main text.

    Mark Peakman,
    MBBS, PhD, FRCPath, Professor of Immunology, King's College London; Honorary Consultant Immunologist, King's College Hospital, London, UK
    Diego Vergani, MD, PhD, FRCPath, FRCP, Professor of Liver Immunopathology, King's College London; Honorary Consultant Immunologist, King's College Hospital, London, UK

    Book Contents
    Anatomy and cells of the immune system. Innate immunity I: physical and humoral protection. Innate immunology II: cellular mechanisms. Acquired immunity: antigen receptors. The human leukocyte antigens. Cellular immune responses I: dendritic cells, macrophages and B lymphocytes. Cellular immune responses II: T lymphocytes, antigen presentation and natural killer cells. The immune response to microbes: an overview. Tolerance and mechanisms of autoimmunity. Hypersensitivity reactions and clinical allergy. Transplantation. Rheumatic diseases. Endocrine autoimmune disease. Liver diseases. Gastrointestinal diseases. Immune-mediated nephritis and vasculitis. Immune-mediated skin disease. Immune-mediated diseases of the nervous system and eye. Immunodificiency. Human immunodeficiency virus and AIDS. Immunological manifestations of haematological disease. Immune-based therapies. Immunisation.


  • Cellular Diagnostics

    2002Cellular Diagnostics
    Basic Principles, Methods and Clinical Applications of Flow Cytometry

    Editors: Sack, U. (Leipzig); Tárnok, A. (Leipzig); Rothe, G. (Bremen)

    This book is the updated English version of the 2006 German bestseller 'Zelluläre Diagnostik', a comprehensive presentation of flow cytometry and its applications.

    While some techniques of immunophenotyping by flow cytometry already are routine procedures in the laboratory, new methods for the functional characterization of cells, the analysis of rare cells, and the diagnosis of complex materials have only begun to win wide recognition. New approaches such as slide-based cytometry will lead to an increase in the use of cytometric techniques. Multiparameter approaches will further improve analysis.

    The book provides a comprehensive and detailed compilation of all aspects of flow cytometry in research and the clinic. For newcomers it offers a thorough introduction, for advanced users, specific protocols and interpretation assistance.

    Publisher: Karger AG

  • `Flourishing with Food Allergies` Receives First-Rate Reviews

    `Flourishing with Food Allergies` Receives First-Rate Reviews

    Flourishing with Food Allergies, recently received over twenty first-rate reviews from book reviewers, food allergy leaders and parents. It is named as a highlighted title for superior levels of creativity, originality, and high standards of design by Jenkins Group. The book covers topics including food allergy impacts on autism, ADHD and asthma as well as food allergy research, the use of probiotics and examples for school and social event planning.

    For the book details and more reviews please go to:

    Flourishing is a compilation of twenty-two interviews of mothers, fathers, pediatricians, allergists, naturopaths, clinical psychologists and grammar school teachers. Written in a non-clinical and supportive tone readers identify with food allergy symptoms, emotional challenges and successful solutions. Flourishing contains research on the latest studies and findings throughout the world and provides 163 endnotes for additional research. The book is being used as a tool by food allergy support groups and leaders in the world of food allergies.

    Source: PRWEB, USA
  • Dermatologic Immunity

    Series: Current Directions in Autoimmunity. karger AG.


  • Adverse Reactions to Foods and Food Additives

    Blackwell Publishing

  • Patch testing, 3rd Edition

    Test Concentrations and Vehicles for 4350 Chemicals.

  • Allergy and Allergic Diseases

    Second Edition

  • Middleton`s Allergy

    7th Edition - Middleton.

  • Urticaria and Angioedema

    Springer Verlag.

  • Drug Hypersensitivity

    Karger AG

  • Paediatric ENT

    Springer, 2007

  • Models of Exacerbations in Asthma and COPD (Karger AG)

    Elucidating the pathobiological processes in chronic airway diseases

  • Fast Facts: Rhinitis by Glennis Scadding and Wytske Fokkens

    Health Press Ltd


  • Asthma: an Atlas of Investigation and Management

    Asthma is a disease affecting a large proportion of people all over the world.