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June 30, 1951

Somatic and Psychiatric Treatment of Asthma

JAMA. 1951;146(9):877. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670090109044

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This is a rather exhaustive treatise on the treatment of asthma, with special consideration given to psychiatric management. The book consists of six parts. Part one deals with basic concepts, and here the chapters on the physiology and psychodynamics of respiration and air flow in asthma are especially valuable. Part two concerns general methods of testing and treatment. Peshkin's chapter on "Critical Evaluation of Diagnostic Tests for Sensitization" is a complete and noteworthy contribution. Part three includes a discussion of inhalant allergens and their use in specific therapy. Part four deals with somatic therapy. This chapter contains contributions by many authors, and there is much overlapping and repetition of discus

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