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September 27, 1947

Clinical Allergy: A Monograph on the Management and Treatment of Allergic Diseases for General Practitioners and Students of Allergy

JAMA. 1947;135(4):258. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890040060038

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The subject of allergy has grown so fast that no one book can be adequate. This book is small and consists chiefly of case reports. Some are very interesting while others are lacking in important details and are without definite etiologic factors. Much space is given to headings and subheadings, so that there really is but little information which a reader can glean from what little space is left. There are errors in spelling, and one glaring mistake is a statement that sensitivity to ragweed could not be transferred (in the original work of Prausnitz and Kustner). These two men lived in Germany, where ragweed is not a factor. The author is one of the pioneers in allergy and has contributed to its progress. He would have been well advised to undertake a larger work with more material and more suggestions for students and physicians. Authors of future small books

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