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June 1941

Strange Malady

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;43(6):1098. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01490240178027

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This volume, which tells the story of allergy, is the second one of a series to be published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The title, "Strange Malady," is a literal translation of the word atopy. As the author aptly says, the condition is strange not in the sense of rarity but only in the sense of being different from other common maladies.

Those who are familiar with other, more technical books written by Dr. Vaughan will find the characteristic thoroughness of his writing present in this lighter, more friendly publication. The informality does not cause the book to lose any of its forcefulness; in fact, the volume is made more useful by this virtue.

All phases of the complicated subject of allergy are covered. Informal and easily read chapters are devoted to the history of allergy, a description of the various allergic diseases, their diagnosis and

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