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November 20, 1948

Practice of Allergy

JAMA. 1948;138(12):928. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900120070029

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This book by the late W. T. Vaughan is generally considered one of the best textbooks and standard reference books on the subject. In the preface of the second edition, J. Harvey Black expresses the difficulty of carrying on the tradition established by its original author. The reader senses that Vaughan's vast experience and indefatigable search for knowledge on the subject are lacking. This becomes apparent from a cursory glance at the otherwise extensive bibliography, which contains relatively few recent references in spite of the abundance of new material on the subject.

This edition follows the outline of the previous one, the highlights being the chapters on food, fungi and pollen, which are most comprehensive and remarkably well illustrated. The part on pollen especially, written by O. C. Durham, the recognized authority on the subject, is excellent. Such important contributions to allergy as antibiotic therapy or the new theories concerning