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September 1952

Pediatric Allergy.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1952;84(3):408. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1952.02050030134015

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This is a fairly compact, easily readable book on an increasingly important subject. In the preface, the author states that it is written for the student, pediatrician, and general practitioner to enable them to diagnose and treat allergy in children better. He also says the pediatrician will undoubtedly disagree with the importance he places on infections and the removal of tonsils and adenoids in their relationship to allergy. This is cetrainly true, or at least the present trend is away from doing so many tonsil and adenoid operations. Another way of expressing the trend is to state that stricter criteria should be required for doing this operation on the allergic than on the nonallergic child.

The chapter on forms of hypersensitivity simplifies, in slightly different terms, the same old division of atopic allergy as distinguished from contact, drug, and serum hypersensitivity. This lack of a new classification again emphasizes the

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