Pediatric Allergy,Asthma and Immunology is a new discipline that finds its foundation in this book, whose roots linke me to Elena and Luisa Businco,with whom I founded the first Italian Pediatric Allergy Division some 30 years ago, now called the Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Division. There I discovered this world, where I had the chance to revive the significance of the three Ss: science, safety and sympathy.
Children and their parents consult us in the hope of finding scientific and medical knowledge as well as assurance and understanding sympathy, all necessary prerequisites for the successful outcome of our everyday tasks.Above all, one should appreciate how much the pediatrician–allergist is, more than any other doctor, dedicated to the care of his or her patients, since he or she must either deal with cases of extreme severity, such as anaphylactic shock, or perform ordinary jobs, such as giving suggestions on the diets or the furnishings of the home.
The pediatrician– allergist should always find out how to protect the infant, the child and the adolescent against discrimination because of their allergy.With proper prescriptions and appropriate recommendations, such an objective is always within reach, and both the child and his or her parents will profit from a better quality of life. The earliest roots of this book developed from my everyday work in the Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Division and have grown while preparing lessons and courses to be delivered to medical students and postgraduates in pediatrics. Of course, this ongoing work has found its expression in a host of papers that have inspired several chapters within this book. However, my primary aim was not one of doing something necessary; I have hoped only to do something that is useful to someone.
With this book, I hope to have offered convincing proofs and foundations to colleagues committed to pediatric allergy and immunology. Often its main goal is one of prevention, in all senses and using all resources, as Arnaldo Cantani Sr. wrote in 1877 in the preface to the first edition of his Textbook of Clinical Pharmacology: “ … only corresponding with a meticulous study and the greatest exactness to the precise indications of the case, the drugs may be useful to the patient … in the belief that air, water, and alimentation are the first and most powerful means to be well.”