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Upper and Lower Respiratory Disease

2003 Edition, August 29, 2003

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ISBN: 978-0-8247-0723-1
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  • Revision: 2003 Edition, August 29, 2003
  • Published Date: August 29, 2003
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 552
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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Over the past decade, our understanding of allergic airway diseases has evolved tremendously. In particular, the scientific community has gained a growing appreciation for the connection between the upper and lower airways. While there are a great number of outstanding books dealing with allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, and asthma, as well as allergy in general, none has focused specifically on the interrelationship between the nose and lungs. Therefore, we sought to create a new textbook that would examine all aspects of this relationship, including both basic and clinical science.

We have divided the book into four parts. The first deals with structural relationships between the upper and lower airways, looking specifically at both the microscopic and gross anatomy of the respiratory tract. The second part emphasizes functional relationships, utilizing both human and animal models of disease. In the third portion, we delve into the very important connection between allergic rhinitis and sinusitis and asthma, and include chapters on pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment. The final part reviews systemic diseases characterized by involvement of both the upper and lower respiratory tracts. Using this comprehensive approach, we hope our new book will serve the needs of both clinicians and investigators in the fields of allergy, immunology, pulmonology, otorhinolaryngology, and physiology.

Most of the chapters can be read as free-standing monographs on that particular subject. Some of the chapters in this book represent the most upto- date and comprehensive reviews of the subject available from any source. It is our hope that Upper and Lower Airways Disease will act as a valuable reference for all readers interested in this topic.

We were very fortunate to work with a truly outstanding collection of authors to help us write the book. An international group of experts from the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Japan—all distinguished in their respective fields—participated and collaborated in the preparation of this book. We thank them for their diligent efforts and are especially appreciative of the updating that was required as the project came to fruition.

In addition to our contributors, we are also indebted to a number of other individuals, without whose help this book would not have been completed. These include Sandra Beberman and Paige Force of Marcel Dekker, Inc., whose unflagging support and encouragement were invaluable.

We hope this book will provide physicians and scientists with a new and unique reference on a topic of great importance.