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March 1952


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AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;55(3):363-368. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710010373007

CLINICAL observations indicate that many body changes classified as allergic cannot be explained purely on the basis of antigen-antibody reactions. Autonomic dysfunctions, including psychic changes, vasomotor reactions, and endocrine imbalances, are equally important in the production of this altered reaction known as allergy. The phylogenetic concept of allergy as presented by Williams1 offers a refreshing approach to the scope of allergy. The statement by Forman2 that allergy is the sum total of unfavorable stresses and strains which the environment places upon the individual indicates a broadening of the concept. The appreciation of allergy in the various fields of medicine has altered the diagnosis and treatment in many diseases. This change has been very apparent in otorhinolaryngology.

It is the purpose of this presentation to evaluate the role of allergy in otology. The material presented was obtained from a partnership practice limited to otology. The partnership consists of Dr.

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