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A comparison of clinical features is made between 143 Barbadian asthmatics and the same number of British asthmatics matched for age and sex. The incidence of family history was significantly higher in the Barbadian group, and this appears to depend on a greater number of siblings and children with asthma. Flexural eczema is less common in Barbadian asthmatics, though allergic rhinitis occurred equally commonly in both countries. Sensitivity to house dust is the commonest form of allergy in Barbados, and allergy to pollen, moulds, animal hair and feathers appears to be relatively unimportant.