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August 1943

Primer of Allergy.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;38(2):204. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670040215014

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In this pocket-sized volume Vaughan has made a lucid presentation of the general factors underlying the allergic state, as well as the individual problems of diagnosis and treatment as they confront the patient and his physician. The book is addressed to the lay reader, who should receive from it a good understanding of the allergic diathesis, its hereditary aspects and such specific concepts as allergens and shock tissues.

Such diagnostic measures as cutaneous tests, elimination diets and food diaries are impartially analyzed, and the lay reader is made aware of their shortcomings, as well as their advantages. He learns, too, that although there are definite therapeutic limitations in this field of medicine, at least 70 per cent of properly managed patients will obtain satisfactory relief of their symptoms. In the reviewer's opinion, too much stress is placed on the role of food allergy, while too little attention is given to

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