The Complete Guide to Food Allergies in Adults and Children

Johns Hopkins. May 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781421443157. pap. $21.95. HEALTH
Allergist-immunologist Sicherer writes a revamped and thoroughly updated version of the 2013 and 2017 editions of his book Food Allergies. The book has a new title, but it has kept the question-and-answer format that makes it so useful and practical. Sicherer covers allergies in both adults and children, and each section of the work goes into specifics about concepts or situations that a person with food allergies might encounter—among them, understanding food allergy and intolerance; prevention; interacting with health professionals during and after diagnosis; allergy testing; treatment of anaphylaxis; chronic illness related to allergies. Of particular note is a section on current allergy research, which can give hope to those with allergies but is also realistic. The book’s questions mix the basic with the complex, and Sicherer’s answers are as long and complete as is useful, sometimes with charts; there are also lists of resources for general information and medical reference works.
VERDICT This is an invaluable resource on allergies from an expert in the field; good for patients and their families, as well as those who work in health care settings. The Q&A format makes the information quickly accessible and helps make this title essential in any consumer health collection.
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