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July 28, 1956

Allergy in Childhood

JAMA. 1956;161(13):1341. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970130129028

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Although this textbook covers virtually every allergic manifestation, many subjects are covered in an uncritical fashion, since the chapters are essentially reviews of selected articles, which themselves are not necessarily representative. On some other aspects the author is definitely opinionated. For example, wool clothing or a rabbit's foot in a child's pocket are mentioned seriously as causes of allergy. Feeding of cow's milk to infants from families with a history of allergy is blamed for a fourfold increase of allergy in childhood to other allergens, such as pollen and dust. No satisfactory explanation for this phenomenon is offered. An unnecessary number of long case reports pads the book. In the introduction the author says: "For those who wish to enter pediatric allergy it assumes a preliminary knowledge of the subject.... For this reason the text does not go into detail concerning phases of theory and practice of allergy." It is

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