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December 10, 1982

Pediatric Allergic Disease: Focus on Clinical Diagnosis

JAMA. 1982;248(22):3034. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330220074047

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This volume might be suitably subtitled "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Diagnosis of Allergic Disease but Were Too Busy to Ask." It is a remarkable compilation of diagnostic information about a carefully circumscribed field, pediatric allergic diseases. Perhaps because so limited an area was selected, the information presented is remarkably complete.

The opening chapter deals with differential diagnosis of the most common pediatric allergy syndromes, including tables of differential diagnosis, which are listings grouped by etiology, and explanatory text, which is concise but complete. The chapter on history provides sample forms and a brief text describing nuances in history taking that may aid in the differential diagnosis. Other sections discuss things to look for on a physical examination and in routine laboratory studies that might point to the diagnosis of allergy. There are 45 x-ray films, mostly of chest conditions that enter into the differential diagnosis of