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April 1, 1939

Allergic Diseases: Their Diagnosis and Treatment

JAMA. 1939;112(13):1289-1290. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800130073031

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The first edition of this book was written for the instruction of the public. The fifth edition is primarily for the general practitioner. Unfortunately the gradation from the lay to the medical textbook has been incomplete. The information included is much too detailed for any lay reader and too little for the physician. The organization is poor. It is directed too much to arouse interest in scattered but practical questions rather than to give a coherent, well balanced discussion of allergy. The greatest fault probably lies in an almost complete lack of discussion of the theory of allergy, especially of the pathology and the pathogenesis of the allergic conditions. A general discussion of immunology is completely omitted. The book gives one the impression that allergic conditions of all types are in a large proportion of cases diagnosed by various types of cutaneous tests. Even in the chapters on urticaria and

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