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August 1962

Clinical Immunology and Allergy.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1962;68(2):299. doi:10.1001/archopht.1962.00960030303027

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This book, by a well known clinical allergist, commendably lays a firm foundation of fundamental immunology before describing the clinical picture of the hypersensitivity diseases, both immediate and delayed. There are included diseases in which the role of hypersensitivity is suggested rather than definite. In such a comprehensive work, it might be expected that some statements might be questioned. Thus, the unqualified statement that the Kveim test is specific for sarcoid is subject to argument. The author's advocacy of 30 cc. quantities of Holocaine (p. 276), or cocaine (p. 516) eye drops for ocular allergies will not meet with the approval of many ophthalmologists. There also are some inconsistencies. For example, vernal conjunctivitis is classified under "conjunctiva and eyelids" (p. 517), but "vernal catarrh" is classified under retina and optic nerve (p. 519).

The book is printed on good quality paper but contains a considerable number of typographical errors. Ophthalmologists

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