Hannah Holmes on how allergies shape our lives and landscapes.
How Allergies Shape Our Lives and Landscapes.
By Gregg Mitman.
Yale Univ. Press. 312 pp. $30
Allergies are nothing new, but in recent decades the number of Americans whose immune systems overreact to various inhaled, ingested, and merely brushed-against allergens has burgeoned. A huge amount of research now focuses on allergies—including the extreme respiratory response known as asthma—which today afflict more than 50 million Americans. But while improved drugs deliver relief, a clear explanation for the...