Designed primarily for the practitioner without special training in the field, this book admirably fulfills its objective of reviewing the old and presenting the new in allergic diseases in infants and children. It is well organized and plainly written.
The opening chapters deal with fundamentals, as antigen-antibody reactions, immunology, nonimmunological factors, serum-sickness reactions, anaphylaxis, terminology, and historical background. Then follows a chapter on drugs employed in the treatment of allergic disease, and the remainder of the book is given to the various clinical allergic entities. The material on dermatologic diseases will not be new to those who keep abreast of material in current dermatologic texts; in general it reflects present-day knowledge in clear and concise manner. Especially noteworthy is the sensible attitude toward the entire subject, treatment, value of skin testing, and particularly the role of emotional factors in allergic disease which "may play a part . . . but their importance has