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June 1946

ALLERGYA Review of the Literature of 1944 and 1945, with Comments on Future Problems

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1946;77(6):700-718. doi:10.1001/archinte.1946.00210410106007

DURING the war there has been little opportunity for careful study of such a chronic disease as allergy. With a few exceptions the medical officers in the Army have been unable to accomplish much beyond the clinical classification of their patients, and in civilian life the pressure of routine work has precluded comprehensive or thoughtful studies. Now, however, the war is over, our young physicians are coming back slowly but surely and one can expect that before long opportunities for intensive full time work in the form of residencies and fellowships in allergy will become available and so make further progress possible. In a recent number of the Atlantic Monthly, Prof. Harlow Shapley1 has written a striking paper. After describing the "advantages" of war—the full employment, the large wages, the increase in circulating currency and, above all, the unity of purpose and action—he pointed to what might happen if