March 26, 1960

Fundamentals of Modern Allergy

JAMA. 1960;172(13):1458. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020130116027

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This volume is a compilation of 63 essays written for and published in the New York State Journal of Medicine. Except for several guest writers, the authors of the papers are members of the New York Allergy Society. The readers for whom these essays were written required a brief, often superficial, statement of difficult problems in allergy. Such complex problems as atopic dermatitis, gastrointestinal allergy, and food allergy are each discussed in 5 to 13 pages.

The superficial content of most of the essays is only one objection to the book. Another is the absence of order in organization. The editor assumed the difficult task of trying to organize 63 brief essays by 51 authors into a textbook. The only evidence of organization is the grouping of the various essays in the following sections: (1) Mechanics and Causal Factors in Allergy, (2) Tests, Procedures, and Technics for Diagnosis of Allergic

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