THE EFFECT of the return to peacetime work by many writers in the field of allergy is clearly shown in 1947 by the marked increase in the volume of literature on this subject and the consequent increased length of this review. The military aspects of allergy, so conspicuous for the last few years, are represented by only occasional papers. The various therapeutic measures recently developed, especially the antihistaminic compounds, have continued to be the most productive source of literature.
King1 reviews the problem of the patient with chronic nasal symptoms and emphasizes the importance of allergy in such a condition. He outlines a program of study of patients, including a careful history, physical examination and making of nasal smears. A history of an indefinite onset indicates the likelihood of allergy, and a general history, including asthma, urticaria, eczema or a family background of allergic conditions is strongly suggestive.