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January 11, 1958

Practical Allergy

JAMA. 1958;166(2):198. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990020086017

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This volume is an attempt to present the major practical phases of the care of allergic patients in simple and concise form. The authors have succeeded admirably in accomplishing their objective. The book is practical from beginning to end, even to the point of describing the care of glassware, filling of allergy vials, and preparation of antigens. Theoretical considerations are but scantily considered. There are some points one might question; for example, one might wonder why the pollinating plants of the British Isles are chosen for listing while other continents are ignored. In connection with testing for allergy to penicillin, the following statement is made: "A safe procedure is to use a dilution of 1,000 to 10,000 units per cubic centimeter for intradermal tests." This would mean the injection of 100 to 1,000 units of penicillin (depending on the volume a particular physician uses for intradermal testing), a dose which

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