Despite the amount of published material available, particularly in the pediatric literature, there remains a scarcity of information putting asthma into a clear and meaningful framework. The purpose of this textbook is clearly stated in the preface: "to assemble and integrate in one volume information about the latest information in this field, with an analysis and critique of clinical and basic approaches to the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of variable or 'reactive' airway disease." Despite this lofty aim, the editors have done an excellent job in selecting a group of contributors to assemble a series of articles that blend subjects of basic scientific and clinical importance. The result is an informative and practical volume.
It is reflective of the quality of this text, and of the basic philosophy of the editors, that they chose Dr Elliot Ellis to write the foreword. Recognized as a premiere pediatric allergist, Dr Ellis is,