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November 1934


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;20(5):668-676. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03600050055005

A number of leading otolaryngologists in Japan, Korea and Manchuria have stated in personal communications that hay fever is practically unknown among the natives. On American soil, however, where hay fever is endemic, it appears to develop in the same racial stock. During the past five years I have seen and treated scores of Japanese patients with hay fever in Southern California, in both private and dispensary practice. To what extent hay fever may be present among this race has been largely a matter of conjecture. No contribution has appeared in the literature on this subject. To solve this apparent contradiction as to racial immunity, a survey was conducted in a given area containing a sufficient number of persons suffering from hay fever. I believe that such a study may open a new avenue through which an approach may be made for future investigation on the problem of allergy, the

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