THIS little book, as the subtitle states, is “a popular study of the causes and methods of treating asthma, hay fever, urticaria and other allergic diseases”. Though primarily intended for the general reader, the work will be of service to many medical practitioners, who will be surprised by the author' s interpretation of phenomena as allergic which they had previously attributed to some other cause. Examples of the kind are drowning and certain physical expressions of unrequited affection. The book is written in a humorous style, and the text is liberally interspersed by half-tones and line drawings of a correspondingly facetious character, which should facilitate the comprehension of so difficult a subject.
Strangest of all Maladies. By Dr. Warren T. Vaughan. (Advancement of Science Series, No. 2.) Pp. 160. (London, New York and Melbourne: Hutchinson's Scientific and Technical Publications, 1942.) 10s. 6d. net.
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R., J. Allergy. Nature 150, 675 (1942). https://doi.org/10.1038/150675d0