“Patients are our best teachers.” That is the premise behind the book Case Studies in Allergic Disorders. The authors use case studies derived from patients at the clinical programs at Boston Children’s Hospital to teach students basic immunologic principles and concepts specific to allergic disorders. The cases range from common allergic disorders such as asthma, atopic dermatitis (eczema), and allergic rhinitis (hay fever) to more rare conditions such as hypereosinophilic syndrome and eosinophilic esophagitis. The cases are all related to hypersensitivity reactions; the body responds to harmless substances as if they were harmful, resulting in immune system reactions.

Each of the 20 case studies begins with background information necessary for understanding the case presentation. Next, the authors present a case from a patient, starting with symptoms, detailing the diagnostic process, and ending with treatment and prognosis. Finally, the chapter concludes with a more detailed description of the condition, including...

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