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November 5, 1982

Handbook of Clinical Allergy: A Practical Guide to Patient Management

JAMA. 1982;248(17):2171-2172. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330170075046

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What should we look for in a handbook? Should it be sized to be conveniently carried as a ready reference? Or should it merely be a concise reference book covering a particular subject? Dr Speer describes the purpose of his handbook as to demonstrate how methods of allergy management may best be put to use. Accordingly, more than half of the 244 pages of this book deal with allergy management protocols. Drewing on the experience of the author and three colleagues at his clinic, Speer presents diagnostic and therapeutic programs for the major allergic disorders, including asthma, upper respiratory tract allergies, dermatitis, urticaria, drug allergy, insect sting sensitivity, and other topics. The presentations are well organized but limited in extent, perhaps because of the handbook format.

Of special value are the pictures and tables. One chapter presents drawings and photographs of the important pollen and mold spore offenders as well