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Understanding asthma
Lieberman, Phil L.
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Publication Information:
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [1999]

Physical Description:
x, 124 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.

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RC591 .L54 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A guide to how the disease behaves & how the latest technologies work.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

With 30 years' professional experience in asthma, physician Lieberman well knows the questions to ask and the problems to be wary of concerning the disease. Fortunately, he also discusses those questions and problems clearly and informatively. Following a brief history of asthma, he inspects the confusion surrounding its definition. Then he details its effects on the lungs. He shows how allergy can affect asthma and also examines nonallergenic asthma triggers. He divides treatments into symptom treaters and disease modifiers and lists the steps in the classification of the severity of the disease. He describes various therapeutic devices and tells how they work, explains diagnostic tests and methods, and reports several possibilities for better understanding and managing asthma that are in the research pipeline. Illustrations and tables aid readers' understanding, and appendixes include a list of sources of support for asthmatics and a glossary. --William Beatty

Choice Review

In spite of our understanding and improved treatment, asthma is on the rise and as many as 21.5 million Americans suffer from it. In an effort to further acquaint patients, families, and others with this subject, Lieberman (clinical professor of medicine and pediatrics, Univ. of Tennessee) provides a lay exposition of asthma. In this slim volume, the author first defines asthma, then proceeds to explain what happens in the lung, the precipitants of the illness, current measures used to control the illness, and information that physicians use in diagnosis, monitoring, and therapy. The final chapter speculates on future treatments. As part of the "Understanding Health and Sickness Series," this work represents a significant adjunct to patient education material on asthma. It provides an abundance of easily accessible information on the pathology, management, and treatment of this disease that is both practical and comprehensive. Written in a clear and pragmatic style with an appendix on resources, plus a glossary, this book is recommended for all academic audiences, undergraduate through faculty, as a useful guide to comprehending asthma. J. D. Campbell; University of Missouri--Columbia

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Defining Asthmap. 3
What Happens in the Lung?p. 9
Allergy and Its Relationship to Asthmap. 24
Nonallergy Triggers of Asthmap. 34
Controlling the Conditionp. 51
Tools of the Tradep. 76
A Look into the Futurep. 87
Appendixp. 100
Glossaryp. 105
Indexp. 113