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July 1972

Surgery and the Allergic Patient

Arch Dermatol. 1972;106(1):137. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620100105040

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The title of this book suggests to me a consideration of the measures which the internist-allergist would employ preoperatively and postoperatively to enable the chronic asthmatic to come safely through major surgery, such as might be required for malignancy of the breast, symptomatic cholecystic disease, or lesions of the stomach or colon. However, the scope of the material presented is much broader than this; it includes also assessments of all surgical procedures that have been used in the investigation and treatment of asthma, nasal allergy, and associated problems such as polyps or sinusitis, both in children and in adults.

One of the 11 chapters deals with allergic reactions to drugs, to which patients with allergic disorders seem so prone. Another discusses in detail the various types of dermatitis that commonly develop in allergic patients after a variety of medicinal preparations and other agents, like adhesive tape, employed by surgeons are

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