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April 1929

Asthma: Its Diagnosis and Treatment.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1929;43(4):570. doi:10.1001/archinte.1929.00130270144014

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The author of this work describes, without going too deeply into theoretic considerations, the modern methods employed in studying the asthmatic patient. He emphasizes the importance of detailed histories of cases and of a thorough study of the many possible etiologic factors before treatment is planned. He points out especially the technic and interpretation of skin tests with all animal and vegetable exposures, including, when indicated, bacterial cultures made from secretions, excretions and infected foci. The chapters on the preparation and uses of autogenous vaccines describe distinct advances in this form of therapy. Several forms of nonspecific treatment that are now in vogue are described, most of them being rightfully condemned or their use questioned. The cooperation of the otolaryngologist and the internist is properly stressed. More detailed descriptions of the technic of desensitization to plant and animal proteins and of the precautionary measures necessary for this form of therapy.

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