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March 21, 1959

Sensitivity Reactions to Drugs: A Symposium Organized by the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences Established under the Joint Auspices of UNESCO and WHO

JAMA. 1959;169(12):1394. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000290120030

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The symposium presented in this compact, meaty volume was organized by men from Great Britain, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, and the United States. The 19 contributors and 5 participant observers are all investigators of one or more facets of the subject. Their fields include clinical medicine, chemistry, immunology, and hematology. In addition to a foreword and an introductory chapter, the book contains 17 chapters on hypersensitivity to drugs, each of which is followed by a discussion among the participants and a thorough list of references.

The first half of the book is devoted to discussions of changes in various blood elements (red blood cells, platelets, granulocytes, and bone marrow) due to allergic reactions caused by drugs. The last half of the book covers the following subjects: early detection of drug sensitivity; sensitivity reactions to antibiotics; nephelometric studies on the serums of patients sensitive to drugs; antibodies to drugs; the

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