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May 1970

Insect Allergy: Allergic and Toxic Reactions to Insects and Other Arthropods

Arch Dermatol. 1970;101(5):623-624. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000050127032

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This book is contentious, but not for the usual reasons. No one need dispute the facts that most bees are solitary in habit, that a flea can jump 11 inches vertically, or that the female scorpion eats the male after mating. Rather, the debate centers on how much discussion and data of this type are desirable in a medical publication. The answer, of course, lies in the disposition of the reader. Obviously, this is not an intern's handbook with a stark enumeration of steps in diagnosis and treatment. Nevertheless, the salient clinical features of each condition discussed are easily found in the excellent index as well as in the concluding chapter that summarizes differential diagnosis.

Furthermore, the inquiring physician who feels better oriented if he has explored the periphery of his field can appreciate much of the background information partly as a matter of general interest but more importantly in

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