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March 16, 1940

Primer of Allergy: A Guidebook for Those Who Must Find Their Way Through the Mazes of This Strange and Tantalizing State

JAMA. 1940;114(11):1011. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810110077034

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Occasionally concise treatises for the public are written on subjects of which insight and understanding are necessary for intelligent cooperation. The subject of allergy is certainly an ideal assignment for well placed literary effort, and Dr. Vaughan has done much with it. Many physicians and certainly a larger number of laymen have desired a book of this type for some time and it should be enthusiastically received. The book is so written that it can be recommended by any physician regardless of his personal approach to the subject. In fact, a book of this type placed in the hands of his patient should prove a real service to him in his practice. The text is profusely and attractively illustrated by cartoons and caricatures on allergy. It not only provides authoritative information on all phases of the subject of allergy but is written in a literary style that is both engaging and entertaining. Every physician will enjoy reading this concise and masterful message to the public and will unquestionably recommend it to his allergic patient. This is a real contribution to the layman's education in this important and complex field of medical science and deserves a place in every home where there is sneezing and wheezing.

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