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February 28, 1931

Hypersensibillités spécifiques dans les affections cutanées: Anaphylaxie, idiosyncrasie.

JAMA. 1931;96(9):714. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720350066036

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Mention of the name Vallery-Radot gives assurance of the value and dependability of this book. The book is written in Vallery-Radot's simple, clear, readable style which makes it equally useful to specialists and to general practitioners. They give an interesting review of the experimental phases of anaphylaxis, take up the clinical phases of the subject, including diagnostic methods, and, finally, show the relationship of various dermatoses such as urticaria, angioneurotic edema, eczema, erythema, pruritus and prurigo to hypersensitiveness to foreign matter. They believe that before a skin disorder can be classified as definitely allergic in origin, it should be proved to be due to sensitiveness to foreign material. They think that such a conclusion should not be based on the mere finding of an eosinophilia or through obtaining relief by so-called shock therapy. They do not include sensitiveness to the action of physical agents in this study, although they recognize

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