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March 27, 1937

Allergic Diseases: Their Diagnosis and Treatment

JAMA. 1937;108(13):1137. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780130121021

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This edition is similar in many ways to the three previous ones. There is considerable new material; the chapter on the allergic phases of dermatology has been given a great deal of space and is well written; the differential diagnosis between contact dermatitis and allergic eczema is likewise well done. The use of iodized oil in the treatment of chronic bronchial asthma is fully discussed and the technic is easily understandable. However, other investigators have not obtained such brilliant results by its use as has the author of this book. The photographs and tables deserve much commendation; the language is lacking in medical phraseology and seems to be written for the public and medical students rather than for the trained physician. The book is to be strongly criticized because of its lack of editing and the amount of repetition. For example, the subject of heredity is dealt with over and

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