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September 1951

Allergy: Facts and Fancies.

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Preface by Dr. Austin Smith. By Samuel M. Feinberg, M.D. Price, $2.50. Pp. 173. Harper & Brothers, 49 E. 33d St., New York 16, 1951.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1951;88(3):418. doi:10.1001/archinte.1951.03810090149041

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Abstract

Dr. Feinberg's little book is good; it has only 173 short pages, and it is printed in good taste. The story is told in simple language; it is factual; it is complete, and, best of all, it is free of those sensational aspects of allergy which so often distort the general picture.

Dr. Feinberg has handled the various problems skilfully. The nature and the actions of drugs are clear, but the book is not a manual for self-medication. "Not everyone who wheezes has asthma." This statement is controversial, for others declare that asthma means a wheeze and a wheeze means asthma, but that "all is not allergy that wheezes."

The gadgets that are advised for filtering air, and many other fancies, are discussed with common sense. Some of them are useful.

Kapok, called "silk floss," deserves a little more emphasis, for it is of great practical importance in asthma. It

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