Book Reviews
August 1947


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By Erich Urbach, M.D., and Philip M. Gottlieb, M.D. Second edition. Price, $12. Pp. 968, with 411 illustrations. New York: Grune & Stratton, Inc., 1946.

Am J Dis Child. 1947;74(2):252-253. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1947.02030010260015

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This is an impressive book; it weighs 5 pounds, 6 ounces (2,438 Gm.). It contains 411 illustrations of superior quality and 3,325 references. It is the most complete review of allergy in existence.

The subject matter is divided into three sections: (1) the fundamentals of allergy, (2) etiologic agents of allergic diseases and (3) symptoms and therapy of allergic diseases.

Section 1 contains 232 pages of critical discussion of the basic principles of hyposensitiveness and hypersensitiveness, the mechanism of allergy, the nature of antigens and antibodies, the relation of animal anaphylaxis to human allergy, the diagnosis of allergic diseases and the principles of treatment. Although presenting some views and using nomenclature somewhat different from those of most allergists in this country, this section is well written, and could have been written only by a tireless and thoughtful student who is thoroughly acquainted with all the important work that has been

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