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During the past 2 decades the diagnosis and treatment of allergy have acquired increased significance in the entire field of medicine, as well as in the areas comprising otolaryngology. This is due to 2 factors: (1) enhanced recognition of the clinical manifestations of allergy, and (2) development of improved therapeutic procedures which offer the patient a higher degree of relief. The literature on the subject has become abundant, and many texts have been published affording those interested in studying allergic manifestations and their management a vast amount of material for perusal.
Allergy properly applied to any field of medicine necessitates the highest form of internal medicine. The symptomatology of allergy is more often manifest in the respiratory system than in any other locale, and hence the particular interest of the otolaryngologist in the science of allergy.
Confronted by the frequency of allergic problems in otolaryngologic practice and the unsatisfactory results
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