The Long Haul: What Happens to Children with Allergies?

  • M. Eric Gershwin
  • Edwin L. Klingelhofer


Thirty years ago, if a child had an allergy, he or she was pretty much stuck with it. Hay fever sufferers could sometimes be desensitized by going through a course of shots of dubious efficacy; persons having severe breathing problems brought on by an acute asthma attack could be helped temporarily by being injected with epinephrine. Then, in all likelihood, they would be referred to a psychiatrist. Effective medications to prevent or control the outbreak of allergic symptoms were all but unknown.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Eric Gershwin
    • 1
  • Edwin L. Klingelhofer
    • 2
  1. 1.University of California Medical SchoolDavisUSA
  2. 2.California State UniversitySacramentoUSA

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