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January 27, 1951

Hay-Fever: A Key to the Allergic Disorders

JAMA. 1951;145(4):269. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920220077026

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In 1908 Leonard Noon began investigating the causes and treatment of hay fever. Shortly thereafter, John Freeman, his lifelong friend, joined him in this adventure. In 1911 Noon and Freeman separately published their pioneering experiences with inoculation treatment of hay fever. In 1913 Noon died of tuberculosis and Freeman continued his work. This book is a culmination of the experiences of John Freeman with grass hay fever. He realizes that there are other forms of hay fever, particularly in other parts of the world, and that there are many other types of allergic manifestations, but he believes that setting down the facts relating to the English hay fever will give the "key to the allergic disorders." There is much substance in this volume, which abandons most of the conventional approach in books of this type. The manifestations of hay fever are described fully, and the classes of causes of allergy

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