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May 1951

ALLERGY: Summaries of the Bibliographic Material Available in the Field of Otolaryngology for 1949

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;53(5):560-595. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750050080009

THE LITERATURE on allergy has continued to accumulate rapidly during 1949. Much has been written on the treatment of various conditions particularly by the antihistamine drugs. Of the antihistaminics the older ones, namely diphenhydramine (benadryl®) and tripelennamine (pyribenzamine®) have received less attention than formerly, but their place has been taken in the literature by a rapidly growing list of newer ones. A new drug, pituitary adrencorticotropic hormone (ACTH), has shown promise in the treatment of allergic conditions. Its place is only beginning to be established, but a few interesting papers on this material have appeared during the past year.

NOSE AND THROAT  In a discussion of respiratory allergies Wittich1 points out the extreme frequency with which these conditions occur. He discusses the clinical observations in nasal allergy, including the pallor and bogginess of the mucosa, the tendency toward edema and polyposis and the cytology of nasal smears.