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The Practical Management of Asthma

Mark J. Ellenbogen, MD
JAMA. 1985;253(8):1181. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350320107030.
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The Practical Management of Asthma, edited by Dawson and Simon, is a concise textbook designed to aid physicians in the daily treatment of bronchospastic disorders. Each of the chapters is written in an easily readable style, complete with clinical examples designed to illustrate specific issues in patient care. The references are up-to-date, and helpful suggestions for further reading are often provided.

The chapters on pharmacology and physiology are not overly technical but are instructional enough to provide a basis for rational treatment and drug use. The authors have provided specific guidelines for allergy and pulmonary function testing. Each of the appropriate drug therapies is discussed in detail with specific reference to clinical usefulness, dosage, potential problems, and even cost. The section on special problems in asthma, such as pregnancy, occupational asthma, and surgery, is excellent.

Throughout this book, an effort has been made to organize the charts and tables to


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