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December 26, 1925

Allergy, Asthma, Hay Fever, Urticaria and Allied Manifestations of Reaction.

JAMA. 1925;85(26):2052. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670260050033

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Abstract

The author concerns himself only with the clinical side of the subject, using chiefly quotations for its purely theoretical aspects. This feature, frankly admitted by the author, constitutes the weakness and strength of the book. The author utilizes a great deal of practical experience in a disease which he finds to some degree present in as many as 15 per cent, of subjects. This is important, since the manifestations of allergy are apt to produce particularly disagreeable symptoms and are accessible to treatment, if interpreted correctly. Unfortunately, too much stress is put on too exact diagnosis, which the average patient cannot afford, and too little on nonspecific treatment, which is and will have to remain in the hands of general practitioners. Nonspecific treatment is essential for immediate relief, as well as for those cases that yield to it. The specific tests may be negative because of inherent defects of biologic

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