All about Asthma: Stop Suffering and Start Living

All about Asthma: Stop Suffering and Start Living

All about Asthma: Stop Suffering and Start Living

All about Asthma: Stop Suffering and Start Living

Synopsis

"A wonderful blessing and an invaluable aid in the understanding, treatment, and control of asthma. Should be required reading for every asthmatic". -- William A. Kaloss, M.D., Pediatrician/Allergist in Private Practice, Red Bank, New Jersey

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.

Excerpt

In more than 40 years as a physician I've seen a lot and perhaps learned a little. As a specialist in the care of children and adults with asthma, I've accumulated a head full of both specifics and generalizations that helped me care for asthmatic patients and, as one of that group myself, I have made my own life more productive and much more comfortable than a person with this type of breathing difficulty has a right to expect.

My history with the disease process we call asthma goes back to my childhood. In the 1920s and 1930s, my grandfather and I were both asthmatic. Thus, I learned firsthand about the treatment then available for the disease, which in fact was not particularly helpful and was actually somewhat risky. This was, of course, many years before the development of even the first drugs specific for asthma, so my grandfather was given steam inhalations and cigarettes laced with arsenic! I was fortunate not to have been treated with these concoctions. Like most people with asthma, which is not a particularly fatal disease, my grandfather ultimately succumbed to something else. My own problem persisted mildly throughout childhood and into early adult life, kindling my interest.

Surprisingly, it was not my own health problem that next stoked my interest in asthma, but my wife's. I had known before . . .

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