In this book the author discusses the problems of allergy in a delightfully simple and straightforward manner. The book is evidently designed to stimulate readers interested in general medicine to realize that clinical allergy is frequently encountered, is recognizable and is often amenable to a fairly simple therapeutic program. It fulfils this purpose admirably.
The volume begins with an introductory chapter on the history of asthma and hay fever. There is next a short chapter dealing with the general principles of allergy and anaphylaxis, and then an excellent, more thorough discussion of asthma, with a consideration of its causes, diagnosis and treatment. The second half of the book deals with hay fever. O. C. Durham, chief botanist of the Abbott Laboratories, has contributed a chapter on the botanic aspects of hay fever, which will interest readers unfamiliar with such things as plants and pollens or the use of pollen surveys