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The Asthma Update (Disease Update) Library Binding – May 1, 2006
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This entry in the Disease Update series is a thorough overhaul of the authors' earlier Asthma (1997). It includes new material on the history of the illness as well as on modern research and treatment. Where the earlier book referred to the search for "the asthma gene," this one mentions a 2005 report noting that there are 161 genes related to the disease and discusses a possible asthma vaccine. Putting faces on the disease, several chapters begin with individual stories of asthma management, profiling individuals such as singer Wynonna Judd, President Teddy Roosevelt, NFL player Jerome Bettis, and Olympic swimmer Nancy Hogshead. With larger type, more white space, and a more simply written text, the book is accessible to a somewhat younger audience than the original. The new edition provides a clearly written, well-organized, and well-documented account of a disease that is increasingly prevalent among young people. Carolyn Phelan
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