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August 11, 1951

Allergy: Facts and Fancies

JAMA. 1951;146(15):1454. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670150088029

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In his introduction the author justifies his addition of another book to the many that have been written on allergic diseases. The book has been divided into chapters in which typical clinical examples of several types of allergic disorders are depicted. The discussions of these examples enable the author to relate in an interesting manner the development of the present concepts of allergic diseases. They also bring out clearly the ease of diagnosis if one is trained to interpret the information that is available. In the final chapters, entitled "Resisting the Invader" and "Secondary Maneuvers," there is a critical discussion of the old and new remedies and the special methods of treatment that have been developed in recent years. The remedies and methods of employment are adequately discussed, and the warning note is given that all of them, including the antihistamines and hormonal remedies, have their limitations, even when used

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