February 1932

The Treatment of Asthma.

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By A. H. Douthwaite, M.D., F.R.C.P. (Lond.). Price, $2.50. Pp. 160. New York: William Wood & Company, 1930.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1932;49(2):343. doi:10.1001/archinte.1932.00150090173017

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In a small book of 160 pages the author attempts an up-to-date discussion of the diagnosis and treatment of the asthmatic patient. The material presented is fairly well handled, but the arrangement allows much repetition. The book is divided into two parts, the first dealing with theoretical, clinical and laboratory aspects of asthma and the second with therapeutics. The bibliography indicates that European literature has been the chief source of reference. The classification of asthmatic patients into primary and secondary groups depending on the age of onset and certain biochemical differences does not clarify or simplify the problem. The discussion of clinical features and pathology is very brief and elementary. As emphasized by the author, some of the metabolic and bacteriologic findings that are given must be corroborated before being accepted as significant. The following chief etiologic factors that produce attacks are discussed: allergens, local irritants, reflex stimulation, psychic influences

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