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May 1961


Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(5):891. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580110179031

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This monograph is the result of an extensive study, particularly on the genetic part of the atopic diseases. It was undertaken by a dermatologist and is summarized in English. The relationship of bronchial asthma, atopic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis is stressed, and the statistics uphold the relationship. It is furthermore demonstrated that these diseases are genetically closely connected, while drug idiosyncrasy, contact eczema, and the majority of cases of urticaria bear no genetic relationship to the atopy group.

It was interesting to note that the sex ratio of patients with bronchial asthma and infantile type of atopic dermatitis is 2:1 as male is to female.

There are important facts in the monography, and it is recommended to those who have an interest in this field.

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