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Essentials of Allergy.

Am J Dis Child. 1945;70(1):53. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1945.02020190060013.
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This is a good little book. A medical student could get a better idea of what allergy is from it more quickly, more clearly and with less inconvenience to himself than from any other single source with which the reviewer is familiar.

The book is divided into seventeen chapters. The first three (56 pages) present a clear and reasonable discussion of hypersensitiveness, anaphylaxis and the mechanism of allergy.

The next twelve chapters discuss the usual allergic diseases; the fourteenth chapter is devoted to allergy in children, and the seventeenth, to diagnostic cutaneous tests, such as the tuberculin test, the Schick test and the coccidioidin test. The paper, illustrations and typography are excellent, and the book is small enough to be held easily in the hand. At the end of each chapter are a short summary and a bibliography. Great pains have been taken to arrange the subject matter in a


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