Book Reviews
February 1944

Allergy, Anaphylaxis and Immunotherapy.

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By Bret Ratner, M.D. Price, $8.50. Pp. 834, with 88 illustrations and 56 tables. Baltimore: The Williams and Wilkins Company, 1943.

Am J Dis Child. 1944;67(2):161. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1944.02020020075010

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This book is defined by its author as "a treatise presenting the fundamental principles and practice governing the use of antisera, vaccines, toxoids, blood transfusions, blood substitutes and sulfonamides in the treatment of infectious diseases and of the allergic phenomena resulting from their use."

It is divided into three parts, as follows: "Immunotherapy," 359 pages; "Allergy to Immunotherapeutic Agents," 215 pages, and "The Allergic State," 209 pages.

The first part begins with a discussion of the nature and preparation of the various serums used in treating the infectious diseases, and includes 48 pages on treatment with sulfonamide compounds; then it goes on to a complete consideration of both the theoretic and the practical aspects of the prophylaxis and treatment of all infectious diseases by means of biologic agents.

The second part is concerned mostly with a discussion of serum sickness and serum allergy, and the third part contains a critical

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