By William B. Sherman, MD. Price, $18. Pp 434, with 37 tables and 73 figures. W B Saunders Co., 218 W Washington Sq, Philadelphia 19105, 1968.
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In his preface, Sherman states that this book is primarily concerned with the practical management of hay fever, asthma, and other common allergies. In this respect the author has presented an extremely lucid discussion, relating sound clinical principles and judgment to the practical therapy of atopic problems. Allergic reactions are thoroughly discussed from the standpoint of etiology, diagnosis, therapy, and prevention. The relatively infrequent role of allergy in the causation of certain syndromes as migraine headaches and gastrointestinal disorders is also placed in proper perspective. For the physician, unfamiliar with such techniques, guidelines for proper skin testing and hyposensitization therapy are clearly explained.
Certain statements and omissions deserve comment. Recommendations for limitation of intradermal tests to 18 at one sitting and yearly retesting are not universally accepted. The frequent inadequacy of whole-body stinging-insect extracts as test materials in hypersensitive individuals is not sufficiently stressed. The efficacy of bacteral vaccines is
Reisman RE. Hypersensitivity. Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(4):478–479. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300140124042
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