This succinct little book, written in lay terms, is intended mainly for patients. There is a very clear opening message for both patients and their physicians concerning inadequacy of training in allergy in medical schools. The initial chapters deal with basic concepts of allergic reactions, types of allergies, and some of the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory tract. The use of laboratory studies, x-ray films, and skin tests in diagnosing (or not diagnosing) allergic conditions is discussed. Other topics include different respiratory conditions producing wheezing, insect allergies, serum reactions, and symptomatic treatment for allergic conditions. The better part of three chapters is dedicated to food allergy. Since the book is small (160 pages), most topics are dealt with briefly. There are no illustrations and only a few tables.
The importance of proper physician training in medical schools in the field of allergy/immunology is emphasized. Swineford is deeply concerned about