’This publication would be really helpful for anyone with a personal or professional interest in food allergies as it is well written and easy to understand.’
Title: Food Allergies: A complete guide for eating when your life depends on it (2nd Edition)
Author: Scott H Sicherer MD
Publisher: Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
Reviewer: Rebecca Myatt, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
What was it like?
This book provides a complete guide to food allergies in a very understandable manner. The structure and layout are based on a question and answer format, which follow a logical progression beginning with the basic facts then covering further topics in a more in-depth yet still accessible style.
Subjects such as how to get help obtaining a diagnosis and understanding allergy tests are written a straightforward manner with medical jargon explained. There is a good section on anaphylaxis that includes information on recognising this life threatening condition and treating it appropriately. There are useful chapters on both managing and avoiding food allergies as well as the chronic health problems caused. At the end of each chapter are short case studies which cover relevant situations. These are really helpful to add depth to the topic discussed.
Throughout the book the implications of managing an allergy on the whole person and their family are also addressed under headings such as anxiety, bullying, dating and managing restaurants and social gatherings which would be really useful for those needing advice or guidance on these topics.
What were the highlights?
This comprehensive book covers food allergies in an easy to read, question and answer format. The chapters are clearly labelled and follow a logical structure. The final chapter offers advice on obtaining more help and information on managing food allergies and includes copies of common forms such as a doctors travel letter and an emergency action plan which would be really helpful for anyone with an allergy to duplicate and adapt for their own needs.
Strengths & weaknesses:
Throughout the book, there are numerous insights based on the authors many years of clinical practice which make this suitable for healthcare professionals working in this field. The only downside is that this is a US publication so the educational resources and contacts may not be applicable to a UK audience.
Who should read it?
This publication would be really helpful for anyone with a personal or professional interest in food allergies as it is well written and easy to understand.