This article is from the Asthma FAQ, by Patricia Wrean and Marie Goldenberg email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
The Physicians' Desk Reference is published annually by:
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It is a compendium of official, FDA-approved prescription
drug labeling. The FDA is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties is published
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Robert Berkow, M.D., editor in chief, _The Merck Manual of Diagnosis
and Therapy_, 15th ed., (Merck & Co., Inc., USA) 1987.
The Merck Manual provides an overview of the diagnosis and
therapy of the whole range of medical disorders that can occur
in infants, children, and adults. I am told that the 16th
edition is now available, with ISBN 0911910-16-6, and that
the 17th edition should be available sometime in 1997.
"Global Initiative for Asthma: Global strategy for Asthma Management
and Prevention. NHLBI/WHO Workshop Report. March 1993",
National Institutes of Health/NHLBI, Publication No. 95-3659,
These are often called the "GINA Guidelines".
National Asthma Education Program Expert Panel Report, "Executive
Summary: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma",
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health
Service, National Institutes of Health, Publication No. 94-3042A,
Reprinted July 1994.
Often called the "NHLBI Guidelines", this is a summary of the
current wisdom on asthma treatment and prevention for physicians.
I found it very readable.
The above report, written in 1991, has now been superseded by:
National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report 2:
Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (revised
This report provides clinicians with recommendations for the
diagnosis and management of asthma. These recommendations are
organized into four components of therapy: measures of assessment
and monitoring, control of factors contributing to asthma severity,
pharmacologic therapy, and education for a partnership in asthma care.
The recommendations are an update of the 1991 Expert Panel Report.
The report can be accessed directly from
Report of the Working Group on Asthma and Pregnancy, "Executive
Summary: Managment of Asthma during Pregnancy", National
Institutes of Health/NHLBI, Publication No. 93-3279A, March 1993.
The American College of Allergy & Immunology, (ACAI), publishes a
pamphlet titled "Advice from your Allergist." It may be
85 West Algonquin Road, Suite 550
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Michael R. Freedman, Samuel J. Rosenberg, Cynthia L. Divino
Living Well With Asthma (Guilford Press, USA) 1998.
ISBN 1572303182 hardback, 1572300515 paperback
The authors are former associates of National Jewish
Medical and Research Center.
M. Eric Gershwin, M.D., and E.L. Klingelhofer, Ph.D., _Asthma:
Stop Suffering, Start Living_, 2nd ed., (Addison-Wesley, USA) 1986.
The first author is Chief of Allergy and Immunology, University
of California, Davis, Medical School. He is board-certified
in internal medicine, allergy, and clinical immunology.
Drs. Francois Haas and Sheila Sperber Haas, _The Essential Asthma
Book_, (Ballentine Books, USA) 1987.
Dr. Francois Haas is the director of the Pulmonary Function
Laboratory at the Medical Center of the New York University
School of Medicine, and is on the faculty of the Department
of Physiology there.
Paul J. Hannaway, M.D. _The Asthma Self Help Book: how to live a
normal life in spite of your condition_, 2nd ed., (Prima
Publishing, USA) 1992.
ISBN 1-55958-166-2, 1-55958-434-3 paperback
The author is Assistant Clinical Professor of Tufts University
School of Medicine. The first edition of this book won an
American Medical Writers Association Award.
Glennon H. Paul, M.D. and Barbara A. Fafoglia, _All About Asthma
& How to Live with It: the complete guide to understanding and
controlling asthma_, (Sterling Publishing Co., NY, USA) 1988.
ISBN 0-8069-6808-7, 0-8069-6809-5 paperback
Dr. Paul is the medical director of respiratory therapy at
St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois, and specializes
in allergy and respiratory diseases.
Thomas F. Plaut, _Children with Asthma -- A Manual for Parents_,
(Pedipress, Inc., Amherst, Massachusetts, USA) 2nd edition 1995.
Richard N. Podell, M.D. and William Proctor, _When Your Doctor Doesn't
Know Best: medical mistakes that even the best doctors make --
and how to protect yourself_, (Simon & Schuster, USA) 1995.
Nancy Sander, _A Parent's Guide to Asthma_, (Doubleday, USA) 1989.
The author is the founder of Mothers of Asthmatics.
Genell Subak-Sharpe, _Breathing Easy -- A Handbook for Asthmatics_,
(Doubleday, NY, USA) 1988.
This book was written in consultation with the National Jewish
Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine.
Allan M. Weinstein, M.D., _Asthma - The Complete Guide to Self-
Management of Asthma and Allergies for Patients and their
Families_, (Fawcett Crest, NY, USA) 1987.
The author is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at
Georgetown University, and is a board-certified allergist who
practices in Washington, D.C.
Stuart H. Young, M.D. with Susan A. Shulman and Martin D. Shulman,
_The Asthma Handbook -- A Complete Guide for Patients and Their
Families_, (Bantam Books, USA) 1985.
Dr. Young is the Chief of Allergy Clinics in both the Department
of Medicine and Department of Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai
Medical Center. He is also a clinical assistant professor of
Medicine and a clinical associate professor of Pediatrics at the
Mount Sinai Medical School.
Francis V. Adams, MD, _The Asthma Sourcebook_ (Lowell House, Los Angeles
Dr. Adams is an award-winning pulmonary specialist in the field of
asthma. He is currently Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at
New York University and Attending Physician at Bellevue Hospital in
The following citations were used in compiling the
Occupational Asthma section:
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Bernstein, DI: Respiratory Sensitization to Chemical Allergens.
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Grammer, LC: Occupational Asthma. Immunology and Allergy Clinics
of North America Vol 13 (4) Nov 1993 769-783
Chan-Yeung, M: A Clinician's Approach to Determine the Diagnosis,
Prognosis, and Therapy of Occupational Asthma. Medical Clinics of
North America Vol 74 (3) May 1990 811-822