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February 8, 1947

The Treatment of Bronchial Asthma

JAMA. 1947;133(6):433. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880060075030

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This treatise on bronchial asthma owes its general excellence to the authoritative points of view of its many contributors. In twenty-three chapters all important aspects of this widespread disease are carefully covered, including the discussion of its predisposing, contributing and exciting factors, and its pathology, immunology, symptomatology and treatment. Worthy of special mention are the chapters on the role of foods by F. W. Wittich, on differential diagnosis by W. W. Sodeman and on nonallergic treatment by J. S. La Due. A comprehensive statistical survey was provided by L. I. Dublin and J. H. Marks. A broad physiologic point of view is maintained throughout, and a few inconsistencies in emphasis from chapter to chapter merely reflect the individual stands of the contributors. The chapter on parasitic agents in the causation of asthma wanders rather far afield from its title. The detailed descriptions and numerous illustrations of surgical treatments does not

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