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September 21, 1940

Asthma and the General Practitioner

JAMA. 1940;115(12):1046. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810380076044

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One can briefly summarize the good points of this book by saying that the author insists that the asthmatic patient be given a complete medical workup and should not be looked on as only a problem in allergy but a real medical problem, taxing the ingenuity of even the most facile mind. However, what the author apparently believes are newly discovered truths have been known and practiced by American physicians for years in the treatment of asthma. Many dogmatic positive statements are made which are not supported by scientific observation or laboratory investigations. It is insufficient to become emotionally aroused about a method of treatment without adducing scientific proof.

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