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June 14, 1952

Progress in Allergy. III

JAMA. 1952;149(7):716. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930240094038

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This book, like its predecessors, is essentially a large periodical between hard covers. Its contents are so varied, both in subject matter and in quality, that evaluation is possible only piecemeal.

The chapters of clinical interest are written for the general practitioner rather than the specialist. These consist of "Allergy in Children" by M. M. Peshkin, "Bronchial Asthma" by L. Unger, "Bronchial Asthma Due to Food Allergy" by A. H. Rowe, and "The Infective Factor in Asthma and Rhinitis" by D. Harley. The repetitiousness of much of the material relating to testing technique and to respiratory allergy in each of these chapters indicates the looseness of editorial control. More serious are the number of inaccuracies in the second of the four articles noted above, an example of which is the author's emphasis on the importance of orris root in cosmetics and his recommendation of hyposensitization for those who are sensitive

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