By Irwin J. Polk
According to the U.S. Public Health Service, asthma is a serious disease that affects over 10 million adults and children in this country. It is a leading cause of schooltime absence and hospital admission in children, and is a major reason for time lost from work among adults. With a reported 5,000 asthma deaths in the United States, asthma can no longer be dismissed as a mere childhood ailment.
All About Asthma is the perfect resource for patients and their families to understand, prevent, and manage the disease. Also available in paperback, the book provides up-to-date information on the following crucial subjects:
-- the effects of asthma on children
-- the particular concerns of asthma on pregnant women
-- the problem of excess air trapped in the chest
-- the careful treatment needed for the elderly
-- the important differences and similarities between asthma and allergy
-- the traditional and alternative medications available to all asthmatics
With helpful glossaries of explanatory tables and charts, this will be an invaluable guide for patients and their families as well as for professionals in public health, pediatrics, gerontology, obstetrics, and pharmacology.