My purpose in this paper is to present a method of studying and directing the management of the allergic child from the standpoint of protein hypersensitiveness. Observations in both the experimental and clinical phases of this field have led to certain modifications in practice that may be of interest. I shall not quote extensively from the literature, for that would be foreign to the purpose of this paper.
At the outset, it is necessary to define the term "allergy" as it will be used here. This term was first utilized by Pirquet and Schick to designate an altered reaction of the body to a foreign substance, whether purely protein or bacterial in nature. Its meaning in late years has become so broad as to include a large variety of altered reactions, such as those incident to tuberculosis, scarlet fever, rheumatism and other diseases. In the present studies its meaning is
RATNER B. DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT OF THE ALLERGIC CHILD. JAMA. 1931;96(8):571–575. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720340001001
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