WARREN T. VAUGHAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.; RUTH W. CROCKETT
Goldenrod, apparently our most popular aspirant for the title of "national flower" has in years past been reputed to be the principal cause of autumnal hay fever and asthma. Our modern concept of the etiology of pollen asthma has demonstrated that wind borne pollens are of far greater importance in this malady than are the pollens of those plants which are cross fertilized by insects. Indeed, the importance of wind distribution has been so emphasized, that prominent students of allergy have stated that goldenrod and other insect pollinated plants are of very little importance in the causation of pollen allergy.
VAUGHAN WT, CROCKETT RW. An Assay of Goldenrod as a Cause of Hay Fever. Ann Intern Med. 1932;6:789–794. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-6-6-789
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