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May 10, 1952

Pediatric Allergy

JAMA. 1952;149(2):209. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930190111042

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This volume is an abbreviated text on general allergy. The title and the inference in the preface that the book is specially adapted to pediatric problems are not borne out by the contents. Although the conventional subjects of textbooks on allergy are discussed, the author takes an unconventional stand on the role of infection. He advocates frequent removal of tonsils and adenoids in treatment of asthma and infantile eczema. Although much of the material is sound and conservative, dogmatism and loose statements are fairly common. On page 80, for example, it is stated, "clinical experience has proved the method (leukopenic index) to be inadequate, and it is no longer used in diagnosis," but the fact remains that certain persons still use it. On page 117, the author states, "... one thing we can be sure of is that with specific therapy pollen asthma can be prevented...." Such therapy is often effective

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