To the Editor: A major problem in treating accidental insect stings is uncertainty about whether patients were stung by the insects to which they were sensitive. In the article by Valentine et al. (Dec. 6 issue)1 summarizing the results of their work with accidental insect stings in children, the authors chose not to challenge their patients with stings deliberately, but rather to let stings occur naturally. In doing so, they must have relied on their previous work,2 in which 87 percent of accidental stings were inflicted by insects to which the patients were clinically sensitive. In that work, an increase.
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