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November 1965

Progress in Allergy, Fortschritte der Allergielehre.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(5):791-792. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870050145026

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To many physicians, a glance at the latest volume of Progress in Allergy will be a revelation. Instead of hay fever and asthma, basic "immunologic" topics are considered. The allergist has expanded his interests in the past few years into areas of medicine far removed from the classical atopic diseases, although in practice many allergists remain "atopists." Waksman, in his introduction to the present volume, uses the term immunology and its variants 20 or more times, but never uses the term allergy, despite the title of the volume. This fad in terminology is sometimes confusing and historically erroneous. Gell and Coombs in their excellent text, Clinical Aspects of Immunology, (Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1963, pp 318-319) point out the original meaning of these terms as defined by Von Pirquet in 1906. Allergy is the inclusive term meaning altered reactivity, while immunity is loss of reactivity, and hypersensitivity is heightened

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