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July 1950


Author Affiliations

Instructor in Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School CHICAGO

Arch Otolaryngol. 1950;52(1):40-57. doi:10.1001/archotol.1950.00700030059007

THE GENERAL approach in handling house dust sensitivity has remained practically unchanged since the clinical importance of house dust as an allergen was appreciated by Cooke1 in 1918 and the subsequent and almost simultaneous publications of Vander Veer,2 Kern3 and Cooke4 in 1921 and 1922. The next milestone along this way was the development of superior methods of extracting and standardizing house dust extracts by Boatner and Efron5 in 1940. More recent contributions to the understanding of the house dust problem, particularly as it affected certain cases, was the emphasis on low dosage schedules by Hansel6 and the improved methods of specific diagnosis and treatment of inhalant allergy as recently worked out by Rinkel.7

MATERIALS AND METHODS  The technics of specific inhalant diagnosis and therapy, as recently outlined by Rinkel, have been used exclusively in connection with the management of house dust allergy for the past

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