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September 14, 1940

Fortschritte der Allergielehre (Forschung und Klinik)

JAMA. 1940;115(11):958. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810370066033

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Although the attempt to summarize the recent advances of allergy and immunology in all the fields of medicine is a commendable endeavor, this work is somewhat confusing, owing to the fact that each chapter is written by a different person. Many of the chapters conform to the philosophic flights of fancy one has learned to expect of German "armchair" scientists. The chapter by Haurowitz is excellent and summarizes all the recent work on antigens, antibodies and antigen-antibody reactions. It is worth the price of the book to one interested in this field. Harley's method of treating hay fever may be applicable to conditions in England but would be a failure if adapted to the treatment of ragweed pollinosis as it occurs in the United States. Lowenstein's chapter on allergic diseases in ophthalmology is good. The book is full of the names of foreign proprietaries, the use of which the authors

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