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September 10, 1927

FACTORS GOVERNING THE TREATMENT OF ASTHMA

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PHILADELPHIA
From the Asthma Clinic, Jefferson Hospital.

JAMA. 1927;89(11):866-868. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690110030010
Abstract

My purpose is to give the results obtained in the cases reported in the papers of Dr. McLaughlin and of Dr. Stout.

The treatment may be best described under four headings: specific, surgical, vaccine and drug.

Specific treatment was given to all patients in whom positive skin reactions were obtained. Specific treatment consists in the elimination of the substance giving the skin reactions from the patients' surroundings, or in a series of hypodermic injections of the substance itself, designed to lower the patient's hypersensitiveness to the substance. This is known as hyposensitization, and it should be borne in mind that it is only partial and temporary and not curative.

There are very definite limits to hyposensitization. For example, it is possible to treat a horse-sensitive individual so that he is able to ride horseback without any symptoms. Such a person, however, would not be able to spend his entire time

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