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ABC of Asthma, 6th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-69999-7
104 pages
May 2013, BMJ Books
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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.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Asthma in Adults
John Rees

1 Definition and Pathology 1

2 Prevalence 6

3 Diagnostic Testing and Monitoring 10

4 Clinical Course 17

5 Precipitating Factors 21

6 General Management of Chronic Asthma 29

7 Treatment of Chronic Asthma 32

8 GeneralManagement of Acute Asthma 40

9 Treatment of Acute Asthma 44

10 Methods of Delivering Drugs 50

Asthma in Children
Dipak Kanabar

11 Definition Prevalence and Prevention 54

12 Patterns of Illness and Diagnosis 61

13 Treatment 65

14 Pharmacological Therapies for Asthma 67

15 Acute Severe Asthma 73

General Practice
Shriti Pattani

16 Clinical Aspects of Managing Asthma in Primary Care 76

17 Organisation of Asthma Care in Primary Care 83

Index 89

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Author Information

John Rees, Consultant Physician and Professor of Medical Education, Sherman Education Centre, Guy’s  Hospital, London, UK

Dipak Kanabar, Consultant Paediatrician, Evelina Children's Hospital, Guy’s Hospital, London, UK

Shriti Pattani, Medical Director, Corporate Healthcare Ltd., Harrow, Middlesex, UK 

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"It is a good resource and provides scope for wider reading". (Nursing Children and Young People, 1 April 2011)

"Overall, this book provides a nice, concise review of asthma in both adults and children. Although there is a significant amount of repetition within the adult and children sections, the book could provide an additional resource for healthcare students and practitioners using British Thoracic Society treatment guidelines." (Journal of Pharmacy Technology, January 2011)

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