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December 7, 1963

Somatic and Psychiatric Aspects of Childhood Allergies.

JAMA. 1963;186(10):961. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710100099034

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This monograph consists of 15 chapters by various authors, dealing with psychiatric, psychological, pediatric, and allergic aspects of childhood allergies. The authors range from psychoanalysts to research psychologists and from pediatricians to allergists. Some of the chapters are heavily weighted on the psychological side as, for example, the lead, "Psychopathology and Psychotherapy in the Allergies of Children." Other chapters offer detailed and even inordinately specific material of the field of allergy, such as the chapter on "Pollinosis in Childhood." Still others make an heroic effort to balance the presentation to include appropriate aspects of the physical and the emotional.

The book deals with various allergic phenomena including those of the skin, the gut, and the nasopharynx, but asthma is given more space than any other syndrome. There is considerable material from The National Home for Asthmatic Children in Denver. This well-known institution has had a wealth of experience with asthmatic

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