What You Need to Know about Asthma
by Evelyn B. Kelly
January 2022, 172pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7557-1
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Approximately 1 in 12 Americans (about 25 million people) have asthma, and the numbers are increasing every year.

While some individuals with asthma consider the condition only a minor nuisance, for others it significantly interferes with daily activities and may even be life-threatening. This book offers readers a broad introduction to this common respiratory issue.

Asthma is a respiratory condition marked by spasms, swelling, and excess mucus production in the bronchial passages of the lungs. This triggers coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. While asthma can usually be managed with medications and avoidance of certain triggers, it’s a serious—potentially deadly—chronic disease.

What You Need to Know about Asthma is part of Greenwood’s Inside Diseases and Disorders series. This series profiles a variety of physical and psychological conditions, distilling and consolidating vast collections of scientific knowledge into concise, readable volumes. A list of “top 10” essential questions begins each book, providing quick-access answers to readers’ most pressing concerns. The text follows a standardized, easy-to-navigate structure, with each chapter exploring a particular facet of the topic. In addition to covering such basics as causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options, books in this series delve into issues that are less commonly addressed but still critically important, such as effects on loved ones and caregivers. Case illustrations highlight key themes discussed in the book and are accompanied by insightful analyses and recommendations.


  • Approaches the subject in a holistic manner, covering such often-overlooked areas as societal perceptions and impact on family and friends
  • An Essential Questions section provides quick answers to the questions readers are most likely to have and serves as a springboard to explore the content of the book in more detail
  • Case Illustrations provide relatable, real-world examples of concepts discussed in the text
  • An annotated Directory of Resources points readers toward useful books, organizations, and websites, acting as a gateway to further study and research
Evelyn B. Kelly, PhD, is adjunct professor at Saint Leo University in St. Leo, FL, and a freelance writer on medical topics. She has written 20 books and published more than 400 articles. Her other books with ABC-CLIO include Stem Cells, Obesity, Encyclopedia of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, The 101 Most Unusual Diseases and Disorders, the two-volume Encyclopedia of Human Genetics and Disease, Gene Therapy, and The Skeletal System.


"An excellent and concise, yet clear and comprehensive, overview of a common disease. Should benefit new and longtime asthma patients, their parents and other relatives, and school personnel."—Library Journal, July 1, 2022

Inside Diseases and Disorders

Greenwood’s Inside Diseases and Disorders series explores some of the key diseases and disorders, both physical and psychological, affecting the world today. Each book examines a condition holistically, covering such topics as signs and symptoms, causes and risk factors, diagnosis and management, and prevention. They also address broader issues of vital importance, including the effects on family and friends and medical and societal controversies related to the condition. Every book lists 10 “essential questions” readers are likely to have and features engaging case studies that offer real-world insights.
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