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June 23, 1945

Current Comment

JAMA. 1945;128(8):595-596. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860250041013

VITAMIN C IN HAY FEVER  About three years ago the administration of vitamin C was suggested for the treatment of hay fever and other allergic conditions. Generally this therapy has been viewed with skepticism, but nevertheless some have given it fair trial. Most recent of the reports is that of Friedlaender and Feinberg,1 who found that hay fever patients have a normal level of vitamin C; although large doses of this vitamin produce saturation blood levels, they do not change the course of hay fever or asthma. In view of this and. previously published evidence vitamin C therapy for hay fever and other allergic conditions may be considered useless and wasteful.

RADIOCYSTITIS  Chronic actinic injury following the therapeutic use of roentgen rays and radium is most thoroughly studied and most often noted in the skin, but it occurs not infrequently in internal organs incidentally exposed to radiation. The delayed