Thursday, October 24, 2013

Anaphylaxis - A Medical Thriller

While I was at the US Anaphylaxis Summit in Washington, D.C., I had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful experts in the field of anaphylaxis and food allergies. But I was also honored enough to speak with Dr. Alan Anson Wanderer. Dr. Wanderer is part of the Clinical Research Group of Montana in Bozeman, MT. He has recently published his first novel "Anaphylaxis A Medical Thriller". As guests of the Summit, we each received a copy and I even got my copy autographed by him. During the ride home, I decided to dive in and see what it was all about.

Did I Like it?
Although I am not normally a fan of reading thriller novels, I found this book to be very easy to read. The plot was intriguing and I often found myself wondering what would happen next in between trying to start reading again. I liked the characters, the way the plot connected itself and the ending- loved the ending! But most of all, my favorite thing about this book was how it described different ways anaphylaxis can be triggered. By using the characters in the novel as part of the story, Dr. Wanderer was able to explain various situations that many may not even consider when trying to avoid anaphylactic reactions. I was aware of some myself but there were a few that caught my attention and made me say "I didn't know that!" In the world of food allergies and anaphylaxis, it's always good to learn new things to (hopefully) prepare you even more.

Do I Recommend it?
Yes, yes and yes. Did I mention yes? This book is not only intriguing but it's also (in my opinion) a fast and easy read. I recommend it for the story line as well as for the information that the reader will gain. I also want to mention that this would be great to share with any medical professional to try to spread awareness on the various overlooked avenues of causes of anaphylaxis, such as a fellow pharmacist, primary care physician or allergy specialist. I would definitely pass it along to those who question not only the validity but the small window of time that it takes for an allergic reaction to affect someone. This book gives you all of that.

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Where can You Get a Copy?
For more information on how to obtain a copy, I recommend that you visit Dr. Wanderer's website at or for book on Kindle

Special thanks to Dr. Wanderer for not only providing me with a copy of his book but also for the experience of meeting and speaking with you. It's wonderful to see that more people are seeking a way to prevent anaphylaxis and to get more people informed. I hope you all enjoy the story as much as I did!

*I would like to state that I was not compensated in any way to review this novel and that this was done for my own reading pleasure.

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