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August 1959

L'Asthme dans l'enfance.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1959;98(2):275. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1959.02070020277016

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This brief book in French on the clinical features and therapy of asthma in infants and children is written by a practitioner for practitioners. It is largely based on his personal experience. The bibliography consists of 17 references exclusively from the French literature. No attempt is made to deal comprehensively with the subject matter from the international point of view. The clinical portion consists of a rather elaborate classification of different types of asthma, with their prognosis. This is the most detailed part of the book, and the one in which the author's approach and that of the American School would be most in accord. The section on therapy is primarily of interest in pointing up the differences in rationale for therapy and in recalling, what to us, are almost historic forms of treatment. These include hot applications to chest and neck, hot foot baths, cupping, bleeding, sterile abscess for

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