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To the Editor.—I certainly appreciate Dr. Deamer taking time to review my book, The Practical Management of the Allergic Child (Amer J Dis Child119:380, 1970). However, misinterpretations in the review deserve comment.
With reference to the effectiveness of injection therapy in the treatment of hay fever, the reviewer indicates that my statements are "ambivalent." The present status of injection therapy is recognized to be of an ambivalent nature by reputable allergists and immunologists and was pur posely presented by the author in such a manner for the benefit of the reader.
I have stated in my book an impartial evaluation of the status of hyposensitization therapy as follows: "The true value of hyposensitization therapy in hay fever patients has not been confirmed to date by any scientific statistical data. Double-blind, controlled studies have been reported with noted differences in critical evaluation of results. The assessment of effectiveness in these reports
FONTANA VJ. MANAGEMENT OF THE ALLERGIC CHILD. Am J Dis Child. 1970;120(2):166. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100070110018