OSCAR SWINEFORD JR., M.D., F.A.C.P.; W. M. WEAVER, M.D.
History taking is an important aid to physicians who treat the various manifestations of allergy. A review of the literature of allergy discloses little about history taking, and only one reference1 to the useful information obtained by history alone in a series of cases. A comparison of the literature of the two procedures, history versus skin tests, shows an enormous and disproportionate emphasis on the latter.
It is the purpose of this report: (1) To point out some deficiencies in current literature on allergy history taking. (2) To outline a routine for taking an allergy history which has been used
SWINEFORD O, WEAVER WM. HISTORY TAKING IN ALLERGY: AN OUTLINE FOR, AND A COMPARISON OF RESULTS FROM 200 HISTORIES AND SKIN TESTS1. Ann Intern Med. ;20:293–305. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-20-2-293
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1944;20(2):293-305.
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