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July 1953

Allergy in Relation to Pediatrics.

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By B. Ratner. Price, $3.75. Pp. 228, with 10 illustrations. Bruce Publishing Company, 2642 University Ave., St. Paul 4, 1951.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1953;86(1):118. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1953.02050080125017

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This is the most scholarly book on allergy in pediatrics that is available at this time. Dr. Bret Ratner has chosen 16 authorities and experts on this subject. They have had extensive practical experience in pediatrics and have pioneered pediatric allergy. The text is practical and should be readily understood by the average pediatrician. He needs this information to apply in his daily contact with infants and children. Although there is some duplication and overlapping of subjects, such as description of symptoms, skin testing, and treatment of various allergic manifestations, this only serves to emphasize the importance of these subjects. The very few charts and graphs make this text delightful to read and easy to follow. Pediatricians may not be willing to accept some of the suggested implications of the psychodynamics of allergic disease. This same type of reasoning could apply to other chronic diseases of children as one of

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