n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Paediatric allergy : guest editorial

Volume 28, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



In the preface to their textbook published in 1967 Sheldon, Lovell and Mathews wrote : 'The practice of allergy is a challenge to the physician's ingenuity and medical ability. Also it is a great deal of fun. An interest which brings great personal satisfaction and diversion, allergy presents a wide variety of cases. The relief which treatment provides for many patients may be complete and sometimes is quite dramatic. Not unlike a detective, the allergist must track down the offending agent which bothers his patient. Often the search is extended into such fields as otolaryngology, psychiatry, dermatology, neurology, chemistry, botany and even into other realms which may have little direct relationship to medicine. The identification and elimination of the allergenic factor or, where this is impossible, building up of the patient's tolerance to this environmental allergen is the main activity which keeps the allergist at work. There is a need for more physicians who practise a good quality of allergy based on a sound medical background.'

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