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June 13, 1986

Allergic Diseases: Diagnosis and Management

Author Affiliations

Belmont, Calif

JAMA. 1986;255(22):3176-3177. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370220138047

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Differentiating allergy from immunology can be as difficult as separating grey from black, yet the editor of this book has done this, succinctly and effectively. In the first two chapters, the reader is introduced to the immunoglobulins and given a good overview of the basics of immunology. Later, whenever the mechanics of immunology are needed to explain certain allergic phenomena, new pertinent immunologic material is inserted or references are made to the introductory chapters.

The aim of the editor, "to provide a small book for trainees," has certainly been attained. For instance, the chapter on immunization therapy is comprehensive enough to allow a new resident to enter a clinic and administer desensitizing materials wisely and safely. Similarly, the book's allergy survey sheet would prove helpful in covering all the essential points while taking a history.

In seeing how our current concepts of immediate hypersensitivity emerged and developed within their historical