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August 29, 1885

Hay Fever. Its Etiology and Treatment.

JAMA. 1885;V(9):249-250. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391080025013

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Abstract

Among the many interesting communications to the profession upon this subject, none are more concise and yet so comprehensive as this. Each of Dr. Mackenzie's works is a model of literary ability and scientific research, and this one is fully up to his standard. Preferring the simple term "hay fever" to the many " magnificent titles" suggested by others, the author at once presents the history and progress of study of the disease, citing as the first detailed account the cases mentioned by Bostwick, in 1819. The historical part of such a work is by no means the least instructive, and in this the bibliography is complete, while throughout the whole narrative one can easily see the patient elimination of conclusion and fact from early hypothesis and theory.

As to the etiology, after analyzing the views of others, Dr. Mackenzie frankly states that the predisposing cause is the possession of a

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