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The asthma self-care book : how to take control of your asthma
Harrington, Geri.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperCollinsPublishers, [1991]

Physical Description:
xvi, 272 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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RC591 .H37 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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More than 20 million people in this country suffer from asthma, and deaths resulting from the disease have doubled during the last decade. Geri Harrington, who almost died from an asthma attack three years ago, presents a thoroughly researched, comprehensive guide containing the very latest information on the disease, its causes and treatment.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ten to 15 million Americans have it, more and more of them children, but according to Harrington, asthma need not interfere with normal life. The trick to self-care is knowing your own body, knowing your personal asthma triggers, and knowing how to react when those triggers are set off. If readers are looking for a self-care text that will tell them how to manage without a doctor, this isn't it. In fact, Harrington discusses kinds of professional care available so asthma sufferers can select the sort best suited to them. She does, however, encourage sufferers to take greater responsibility for their health whenever they can and includes a wealth of information about the illness, what prompts attacks, and the pros and cons of medications. She also offers practical advice to help asthmatics reduce stress, get proper exercise, and manage their diets. Harrington is thorough, firm, and sensible, and the lists of additional resource agencies she appends are a nice bonus. ~--Stephanie Zvirin

Library Journal Review

An asthma attack is a terrifying event to experience, a frightening one to witness. Because one feels so helpless in the face of an attack, having information and strategies to cope with it can only benefit the asthmatic as well as the onlooker. Harrington nearly died from an asthma attack and writes from firsthand experience. She stresses that knowledge is power for an asthmatic, since understanding the disease and its triggers, and knowing what action to take when, can prevent or control some attacks. Having a doctor you respect and trust, managing your asthma with medications, and recognizing and coping with the triggers or stimuli that initiate breathing difficulties are essential to living with asthma. A useful appendix includes information on medications, organizations devoted to asthma education, plus complete data on lung associations and asthma rehabilitation centers and programs. Stevens addresses asthma from a parent's view, with an eye toward prevention. This practical approach answers basic questions about triggers, environment, medications, and living with asthma day by day. Ideas on ways to make hospitalization less traumatic are reassuring to both parent and child. A discussion of government and private organizations provides essential information, as does a geographic listing of accredited programs in allergy/immunology. There is a reading list and suggested exercises. Both books make valuable contributions to self-help methods in coping with this chronic disease that afflicts over ten million people and is on the rise. Highly recommended.-- Janet M. Coggan, Univ. of Florida Libs., Gainesville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.