May 1943

Primer of Allergy.

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By Warren T. Vaughn. Edition 2. Pp. 176, with 26 illustrations and 5 charts. Price, $1.75. St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Company, 1943.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1943;71(5):739. doi:10.1001/archinte.1943.00210050159016

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One of the most serious problems of modern medicine is the question of education of the layman. How and to what extent can and should this be done? The little book under consideration exemplifies one method: snappy, slangy, epigrammatic discussion, illustrated by cartoons and slogans. For example, chapter 1, entitled "Learn to Live with Your Allergy," is headed by a drawing of a peculiarly imbecilic-looking white elephant led by a ridiculous little figure and labeled "Man's White Elephant." This sort of thing goes on throughout the book and is doubtless supposed to drive home the various points in an impressive way. The reviewer does not like this method. He feels that serious matters should be dealt with in a dignified way; that authors should elevate their audience and not play down to it. If these childish methods of instruction are really necessary, then there is indeed an intellectual decay among

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