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The stimulus for writing this book, the author says in the preface, came while he was planning a somewhat different work, a treatise on allergy in childhood. Parenthetically, the reviewer hopes that Ratner may soon complete this latter work. It should be good. The author states that he was impressed by the possibility of clearly presenting the difficult subjects of allergy, immunology and anaphylaxis through a comprehensive discussion of serum sickness. And so one or several chapters grew into a book or, rather, the better part of this volume. Had the author limited himself to this excellent and comprehensive presentation of our knowledge of serum sickness and its relationship to allergy and anaphylaxis, he would have published a well organized monograph of about four hundred pages instead of a book of over eight hundred pages. In addition to the presentation of the important subject of serum sickness in a most
Allergy, Anaphylaxis and Immunotherapy: Basic Principles and Practice. JAMA. 1943;123(2):121. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840370053026
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