February 28, 1948

Synopsis of Allergy

JAMA. 1948;136(9):656. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890260064032

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This new edition presents the essentials of allergy in a compact form and includes consideration of topics which have arisen since the first edition was published. These include the so-called antihistaminic drugs, work in vascular allergy, the relation of allergy to infectious diseases and sensitization to drugs and chemicals. These newer subjects are well handled. The section on bronchial asthma remains the best part of the book and is much better covered than any other section. There is an appendix which contains miscellaneous information, e. g., preparation and standardization of extracts, some sources of allergens, description of various methods of testing, elimination diets and tables concerning ragweed distribution and causes of contact dermatitis. The reader is given a bird's eye view of the subject of allergy, but for more detailed instructions regarding particular phases of allergy he must consult larger books or medical articles, a few of which are noted

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