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September 21, 1940

Your Allergy and What to Do About It

JAMA. 1940;115(12):1044-1045. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810380074035

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Abstract

This book is written for the patient. Allergy holds a prominent position in the public eye and it requires more than a brief article to answer such questions as How are my symptoms produced? Can my allergy be cured? Hence this book. The authors' approach to the subject is biographic. Allergy has molded the lives of some famous men. Marcel Proust locked himself into a room where he could be relieved of asthmatic attacks and to amuse himself wrote several volumes that are classics. General William T. Sherman was comfortable when in the field but at home suffered from allergic attacks; he was sensitive to house dust. The French physician Charles Richet sailed on the yacht of the Prince of Morocco to experiment with the poisonous proteins of the sea anemone. His experimental animals remained healthy after the first injection of the protein, but a few minutes after the second

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