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Pathogenesis and Therapy of Bronchial Asthma with special reference to Organ Vagotonia.

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By Takino Masuichi, Takino Yoshitada, Sugahara Kunikazu. . 316 pages. University Park Press; , Baltimore and London: ; Ogaku Shoin Ltd., Tokyo: , 1976.. Price, $68.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1978;88(6):851. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-88-6-851_2
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Preceded by Mainmonides, by Osler ("all authors agree that there is in a majority of cases a strong neurotic element"), by Eppinger and Hess, and by Tiffeneau, the author and his coworkers have spent 30 years of their lives on efforts to prove that the autonomous nervous system in general and the parasympathetic in particular, determine pathogenesis and clinical course of bronchial asthma. They are not entirely consistent: The text includes various unorthodox approaches to treatment—for example, injections of fractions of cowpox vaccine, of emulsions of animal skin pretreated with cowpox vaccine, of the fluorescent component of fluorescent bacteria, but


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