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Allergy appears to be a neglected stepchild in the scheme of medical education. Does the subject of allergy deserve a substantial role in undergraduate and graduate instruction? Is the incidence of allergic disease of sufficient frequency to warrant it? Do allergic ailments constitute a substantial threat to the well-being, normal life, and economy of many persons? Does the successful care of allergies entail special skills and knowledge requiring reasonable efforts in time and energy to learn them?
The United States Public Health Service estimates that there are about 4 million persons with asthma and hay fever in this country. From various other sources and figures it can be inferred that there are probably no less than 7 million hay fever sufferers, 2 million with asthma, and several millions with other types of allergies, such as perennial rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, drug reactions, urticaria, contact dermatitis, and gastrointestinal allergy. In recent years
Feinberg SM. EDUCATION IN ALLERGY: GUEST EDITORIAL. JAMA. 1955;157(2):146–147. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950190046014
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