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March 25, 1939

Current Comment

JAMA. 1939;112(12):1159-1160. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800120045015

ORAL POLLEN PREPARATIONS  Early last year The Journal published a statement from the Chicago Society of Allergy in reference to oral pollen preparations placed on the market by some pharmaceutic houses. The Chicago allergists urged others to sound a note of warning not only because of the probable numerous disappointments which might occur following the use of oral pollen preparations but also because of the possible dangers inherent in any new and unproved method of treatment. A year previously The Journal, in Queries and Minor Notes, emphasized that self-administered therapy of this type is likely to lead to disappointments. Elsewhere in this issue appears a new communication from the Chicago Society of Allergy.1 The society is to be commended for its stand against the exploitation of a product for oral administration in the treatment of hay fever which may be not only not beneficial but a decided economic loss