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Pollen surveys in the United States: A critical review

Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
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Abstract A review of the existing fund of information regarding the distribution and pollination times of the pollinosis-producing plants in the United States reveals: (1) many states and large cities where no data or only inadequate data are available; (2) certain unavoidable sources of error in the methods of investigation; (3) common correctable deficiencies in the published reports which greatly diminish their value; (4) an unwarranted emphasis, in some instances, on large numbers of species, rather than on those of clinical importance; and (5) an emphasis on quantitative considerations unjustified by present clinical knowledge or applicability. A correlated pollen survey based on simultaneous botanical observations, pollen counts, and clinical investigations is suggested. This should be done on a nationwide scale and according to a uniform technique.

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