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April 29, 1933

Asthma. Hay Fever and Related Disorders: A Guide for Patients.

JAMA. 1933;100(17):1363. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740170061034

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This is a readable book for sufferers from hay fever and asthma. It presents a distinct advantage in being free from discussion of the dangers and handicaps that overhang many of these patients, which of necessity must be described in books for the profession. The book contains an historical review of the subject, a description of the symptoms and mechanism of the disease, and a discussion of primary and secondary causes of the illness and of methods of examining and treatment which the hay fever patient should know in order to cooperate well with the physician. In the historical review, Feinberg states that "not until 1819 did John Bostock, himself a sufferer of the malady, describe hay fever as a definite medical entity." However, Bostock failed to appreciate the cause of the condition. "He said that summer catarrh was due to heat and the sun's rays." Why couldn't he have

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