This volume eminently fulfills the purpose for which it was designed: to serve as an introductory text for the medical student and the neophyte entering the field of allergy and to provide a succinct source of information for the physician seeking guidance on allergy problems encountered in his daily practice.
The second edition has been enlarged by three chapters dealing respectively with hypersensitivity to stinging insects, nonimmunologic factors in allergic diseases, and immunologic aspects of some nonatopic diseases (including immunologic deficiency states), autoimmune disease, and transplantation immunity. Other chapters have been written or rearranged to include advances made since the appearance of the first edition some 14 years ago. Noteworthy is the recognition given status asthmaticus and serum sickness (which includes vascular allergy) by according them chapter status.
Newer immunologic data are reviewed in brief presentations covering fundamental material. This does not disturb the good sense of proportion among the