June 1955

Respiratory Diseases and Allergy: A New Method of Approach.

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By Josef S. Smul, M.D. Price, $2.75. Pp. 80. Medical Library Company, New York, 1953.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1955;95(6):876. doi:10.1001/archinte.1955.00250120112023

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This little volume is divided into three parts. The first deals with "Respirallergy," a term the author employs for a wide variety of respiratory diseases including such conditions as acute recurrent bronchitis, acute recurrent suppurative rhinitis, acute recurrent suppurative sinusitis, chronic atrophic rhinitis, and bronchiectasis. He says that "after years of experimentation and observation it was found that by withholding completely milk, cream, cheese and sugar from the daily diet, a large number of patients ceased to get their respiratory trouble. Moreover, after further experimentation, it was also discovered that those who continued with the respiratory disease became well by being injected with only three substances, namely, ragweed, dust and catarrhal combined vaccine, irrespective as to how many other inhalants they proved to be allergic." If the patients are allergic to grass or tree pollen he gives them ragweed extract. Neither the classification of respiratory allergy nor this "principle" of

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