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December 23, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(26):2063-2064. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740510055023

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Abandons Cutaneous Tests in Hay Fever  At a recent session of the Vienna Medical Society, Dozent Dr. Urbach discussed modern methods of treatment in the troublesome condition known as pollinosis, or hay fever. Successful diagnosis and treatment presuppose an accurate knowledge of the plants of a given region and the time of their florescence. Dr. Urbach recommends the creation of a hay fever calendar, in which one can record the time of florescence of all the plants of a given region that are known to be involved in the production of hay fever. The disease-producing substance is the protein contained in the pollen, although some authors contend that it is the fat substance of the pollen. Doubtless the offending toxin is attached chiefly to the globulin. Many patients are affected by the perfumes, or emanations, from the blossoms. It is interesting that hypersusceptibility to pollen is transmissible. In making an

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