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June 13, 1966

A Comedy of Errors

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JAMA. 1966;196(11):1026. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100240159053

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To the Editor:—  The authors cite the difficulties inherent in this study, such as the variability of seasons, complications, and the control of additional therapeutic measures. Above all, they aver, psychological factors are most important in the evaluation of symptoms. This last statement of itself demonstrates that they were more impressed with the psyche than with specific therapy. They talk about performing a double-blind study but later admit that their secretary was influenced in the collection of data. They suggested that this secretary was biased in favor of hyposensitization with antigen. Of course this is in itself opinionated thinking by the authors. They do not mention variables such as exposure of patients to pollen. All of their patients were not exposed to the same amount of pollens daily and were not in the same location daily throughout the season. Such things as host susceptibility and resistance were not considered. Symptoms

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