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August 1945

Essentials of Allergy.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1945;76(2):130. doi:10.1001/archinte.1945.00210320070007

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As its title implies, this small book deals with the important aspects of allergy. Packed into the volume are chapters on the immunology of allergy, anaphylaxis and serum sickness, diagnosis and treatment of allergy in general and of each allergic disease, with special emphasis on bronchial asthma, hay fever and allergy of the skin. Other allergic conditions are also considered. Because of limitation of space, the outline form of discussion is used. The book is exceedingly well written and full of clear and concise information of special interest for medical students and general practitioners, and even for allergists. Reports of cases illustrate teaching points. The section on bronchial asthma and its relation to the heart is especially good, as is also that on psychosomatic aspects in treatment.

A few minor corrections should be noted. The author might well have been more emphatic in stating that true migraine is almost always

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