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April 1955

The Allergic Child.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;89(4):512. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.02050110602024

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Dr. Swartz has written a scholarly and instructive book on the allergic child; it shows evidence of knowledge and experience. Here is found a great deal of information about all aspects of allergy: what it is, how it begins, the inhalant and food allergens, the influence of emotions on allergy, and the influence of allergy on the emotions. The chapter on the prevention of allergy is a stimulating one.

This reviewer, however, found it heavy going. It would be difficult reading for a mother unless she had exceptional ability or training in understanding a complicated subject.

It seems doubtful whether it is necessary or even wise for a mother to be informed about so many possibilities of disaster to the allergic child. The text is unduly frightening in its implications. A mother reading it may get the impression that in hay fever, sneezing frequently causes abdominal hernia with strangulation, or that in asthmatic

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