The following review of eighty-two papers published in 1929 and 1930 shows advances in knowledge of the causes and pathogenesis of allergy, its effects and its treatment. Especially interesting are: the results of Cohen, Ecker, Breitbart and Rudolph showing that sufficient pollen substance can be absorbed from the nose to affect a passively sensitized skin site in a normal subject; the results of Parlato and of Figley proving the sensitiveness of certain persons to scales from the wings of insects; the observations of Hansel on the histopathology of allergic nasal membranes; the roentgen studies of Proetz showing a rapid gross swelling of the antral membranes during an attack of asthma, and finally improvement in methods of treatment.
ETIOLOGY AND PATHOGENESIS OF THE ALLERGY REACTION
Cohen, Ecker, Breitbart and Rudolph1 reported that by the Prausnitz and Kustner method they passively sensitized skin areas to ragweed in a large number
DUKE WW. Progress in Otolaryngology: A Summary of the Bibliographic Material Available in the Field of Otolaryngology: ADVANCES IN THE FIELD OF ALLERGY AS RELATED TO OTOLARYNGOLOGY DURING THE YEARS 1929 AND 1930. Arch Otolaryngol. 1930;12(5):651–675. doi:10.1001/archotol.1930.03570010733011
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