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July 26, 1958

Ocular Allergy

JAMA. 1958;167(13):1689. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990300115026

There is no tissue as susceptible to allergic manifestation as the eye, especially the lids and conjunctiva. For this reason this book should be of interest to all ophthalmologists and allergists, who meet here on common ground. The first chapter, by William B. Sherman, deals with the basic principles of allergy, and the subsequent chapters describe in detail the various forms of allergy encountered in the lids, conjunctiva, cornea, sclera, uvea, lens, retina, and optic nerve. Differential diagnosis is well covered since, as the authors point out, the treatment should be quite different in in allergic and nonallergic diseases. They properly decry the common practice of which so many drug manufacturers and physicians are guilty—that of combining corticosteroids with antibiotics as a sort of "shot gun" therapy. As is well known, the use of cortisone and allied products in dendritic ulcer of the cornea may be disastrous to sight. The

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