For hundreds of years the sting of bees has been credited with unusual theraputic success in rheumatic conditions. Beck has made a careful study of bee venom therapy, has used it extensively, and has tried to be impartial and scientific in the evaluation of the results. His enthusiasm and confidence in the beneficial effects of bee venom in rheumatic states permeates this very interesting book. He anticipates a skeptical and distrustful attitude from the medical profession, but is thoroughly convinced of the real merit and extraordinary efficacy of this agent.
The medical history of the bee and its venom is an absorbing story. The chemistry and physiologic effects of the venom are discussed as fully as present knowledge permits. Literally hundreds of reports of the use of bee venom have been collected from many countries. The method of collecting the venom, the indications for its use and the details of