Medicine: Allergies by the Million

Many Americans used to suffer from complaints known as hay fever, asthma, or hives, for which they tried all manner of "simples" with scant success. Nowadays, they talk knowingly about their allergies, take scratch and patch tests and complicated treatments, and many enjoy marked relief. But most cannot hope to be cured; they must learn to live with their allergies, and for this they should understand them.

In Allergy: Facts and Fancies (Harper; $2.50), Dr. Samuel M. Feinberg, Northwestern University allergist, sets out to tell what is known and what isn't about a subject on which, doctors themselves frequently disagree.

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