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February 15, 1947

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Bronchial Asthma

JAMA. 1947;133(7):505. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880070069028

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The. author has had about twenty-five years of experience in the field of allergy at Johns Hopkins University and in private practice. This book is an accounting of his experience and is most interesting both because he is a pioneer in this field and because of his special investigations in several aspects of the problems.

The book deals with the physiology of normal respiration and that observed in asthma and then takes up the etiology, pathology, diagnosis, differential diagnosis, complications and treatment of asthma. There is an excellent chapter on the pathology of asthma, with a detailed description of autopsy findings in 24 patients in whom asthma was the sole cause of, or was a factor in, death. The psychosomatic aspects of asthma are well portrayed, better than in any other book on the subject. Many case reports are given, and there are numerous illustrations and tables. The relationship of

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