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May 4, 1957

Allergic Dermatoses due to Physical Agents

JAMA. 1957;164(1):113. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980010115033

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This is a small book containing six articles, each by a different contributor, and each devoted to a different aspect of the general subject. Dr. Baer discusses the present status of differentiation of allergic and nonallergic hypersensitivity to physical agents; Dr. Allan Lorincz contributes a chapter on hypersensitivity to trauma; Dr. Herman V. Allington writes on eczematous and polymorphous hypersensitivity to light; Dr. Stephan Epstein discusses urticarial hypersensitivity to light; Dr. Otis F. Jillson takes up hypersensitivity to heat; and Drs. Sylvia Griem and Stephan Rothman discuss cutaneous sensitivity to cold. Each chapter has an up-to-date bibliography. It is questionable whether many of the conditions discussed arise on an allergic basis, but the contributors indicate the difficulty of coming to a decision concerning this. The book is singularly free from typographical errors. The only criticism is that the title on the cover of the book is merely "Allergic Dermatoses," which

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