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October 14, 1950

Allergy: What It Is & What to Do About It

JAMA. 1950;144(7):596. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920070086055

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The stated purpose of the book is to present the basic concepts of allergy to the public and to clarify some constantly repeated misconceptions. It is directed particularly to "you the allergic, and you the possible allergic" person. The book suffers from the author's overenthusiastic efforts to detail the minutiae of allergy. Occasional passages are difficult to follow. For example, on page 101: "Furthermore, if we use the word 'allergy' to denote only a situation wherein symptoms occur, the definition becomes simply one of degree, leaving out of account the extent of blood vessel activity and reactivity of cells less than necessary to produce symptoms and yet of the same kind that does."

In general, the material is presented accurately. However, many allergists would disagree with statements on pages 3, 23, 68, 90, 94, 97, 162, 164 and 177.

The author may have learned a great deal about allergy in

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