This book is written by a former ophthalmologist who now writes medical and science books. He obviously researched well at the time (published 1995) and uses case histories to illustrate and lend credence to the text. However his emphasis in many parts of the book seems to lack the touch of someone who regularly deals with eczema patients and the information is in places out-of-date and even misleading.
There is a lot on the pathology and aetiology of allegic skin reactions - most of which is of questionable relevance to the majority of eczema sufferers who find that irritation is more important than allergy. His inclusion of a case history of a severely allergic boy under the heading of "avoiding eczema" seemed to me quite ridiculous. He talks about cataracts under "complications" but neglects molluscum contagiosum and does not deal with parents' fears about short stature or stunted growth. He perpetuates the fear of skin atrophy with steroids, neglecting to reassure about the safety of weak topical steroids and not giving any table of steroid strengths. His advice to "avoid unnecessary exposure to water" is most unhelpful. The house dust mite is overplayed and the strategies for tackling it are poorly dealt with.
There are good points about this book but you have to know a fair amount about eczema to tease them out.
"Eczema and your child" by Mitchell et al. is by far superior and well worth the extra money I paid for it.