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May 1, 1972

Asthma and Hay Fever

JAMA. 1972;220(5):732-733. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200050068036

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This book, primarily a series of essays, was designed essentially for the graduate and undergraduate medical students as well as for physicians. The author elaborates in lucid detail the procedures to be followed to provide good care for the patient with major allergic illness (ie, hayfever and bronchial asthma).

The author is direct in his statement, "All that wheezes is asthma," and concludes emphatically, "Wheezing is the only invariable characteristic of asthma." That asthma is a complex syndrome and that there are many causes of wheezing is indisputable.

Dr. Swineford makes a valid point that medical students are not sufficiently oriented in the discipline of allergy, ie, clinical aspects. He has fathered the concept that "Allergy is the bastard of medical education" and he comments that this statement has never been challenged. He believes that students should be taught as much about asthma as about heart failure and many other