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June 11, 1960

Allergy: What It Is and What to Do About It

JAMA. 1960;173(6):738. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020240126040

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This book is addressed, in the words of the introduction, to allergic and possibly allergic persons. The opening chapters are largely historical and include an account of Richet's production of anaphylaxis by nettle poison in dogs. Later chapters classify offending substances as inhalants, ingestants, injectants, infectants, and contactants; describe the common and uncommon manifestations of allergy; and give the theoretical basis for the various methods of treatment now in use. There is an interesting chapter listing some of the many trouble-making materials now used in the home and in industry. The glossary, the weakest part of the book, contains roughly the proportion of obscurities and errors one is accustomed to finding in glossaries. It seems desirable that someone should protest, occasionally, against the prevailing notion among glossary-makers that difficult ideas can be made clear by substituting something vague or inaccurate for the carefully worded definitions that can be found so

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