This textbook concentrates on the clinical aspects of classical common allergic problems as rhinitis, asthma, eczema, and urticaria. There is no attempt to include discussions of other diverse disease processes with an immunological basis such as systemic lupus erythematosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and hemolytic anemia, as has been the trend in recent books concerned with "allergy and clinical immunology."
Generally traditional, accepted modes of diagnosis and therapy are presented in a clear, concise fashion. However, some of the authors' concepts do not meet with general agreement and lack balanced discussion. This would include the inclusion of migraine as an atopic disease, emphasis on the diagnostic advantage of eye tests, stress on the causative role of food allergy in chronic respiratory disease, and therapeutic use of alumprecipitated pyridine-extracted antigen (Allpyral) solutions. Statements that "one third or more of all patients with allergic rhinitis will develop asthma if allowed to go untreated"