This volume is intended as a "small book for trainees in which basic principles are reviewed," emphasizing diagnosis and management of common allergic diseases. It consists of 29 chapters written by 31 contributors, most of whom trained in or are faculty members of the Allergy-Immunology program at Northwestern University Medical School (Chicago). The first four chapters cover basic principles of immunology, immediate hypersensitivity, and mediators of inflammation. In the fifth chapter, the author details the diagnosis of immediate hypersensitivity. Chapters six and seven contain information about allergens important in atopic diseases, and a pollen survey of the United States. The remaining chapters cover all of the common allergic diseases and symptoms.
Most, but not all, of the chapters have been significantly revised in this new edition. For example, the initial chapter on basic principles in immunology has been revised to incorporate new information regarding the molecular biology of the major