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In this concise atlas, Fry (emeritus, Imperial College) begins with discussion of the definition and incidence of atopic eczema and follows with information about studies that demonstrate an increase in incidence and a relationship between eczema and the risk of developing asthma and hay fever. He looks at the role of genetic factors and results of twin studies and genome screens; the histological features of acute, subacute and chronic eczema; and etiological factors, including possible genetic candidates, allergens and contributory factors such as pollution and the ''hygiene hypothesis.'' The final chapters include well-illustrated descriptions of clinical features and differential diagnosis, and a broad discussion of treatment, which includes topical drugs, biological agents, and measures that may aid in management (e.g. delayed introduction of certain foods and alteration of maternal diet).
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Fry and Laurie are a successful English comedy double act, mostly active in the 1980s and 1990s. The duo consisted of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, who met in 1980 through mutual friend Emma Thompson whilst all three attended the University of Cambridge.
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