Book Reviews
June 1944


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By Erich Urbach, M.D., and Philip M. Gottlieb, M.D. Price, $12.00. Pp. 1073, with 400 illustrations and 80 tables and charts. New York: Grune & Stratton, Inc., 1943.

Am J Dis Child. 1944;67(6):504. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1944.02020060077014

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This is an impressive book. Its authors are thinkers and have obviously thought a great deal about allergy. The book contains 1,013 pages of text, divided into three sections, as follows: "The Fundamentals of Allergy," 283 pages, "The Etiologic Agents of Allergic Diseases," 272 pages, and "The Symptomatology and Therapy of Allergic Diseases," 458 pages. There are 2,262 references. The paper and format are excellent. The illustrations are numerous, good and to the point.

It is not possible for any one to write a book on allergy with which every one would agree, particularly if the author proposes new classifications and nomenclatures. Such is the case with this book. In the first section, for example, a number of terms somewhat strange to American ears are used, such as "pathergy," "parallergy," "metallergy," "hypoergy" and positive and negative "anergy." "The concept of pathergy embraces all acquired and innate abnormally increased or decreased

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