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March 21, 1936


JAMA. 1936;106(12):1025-1027. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770120057024

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To the Editor:—  In his paper entitled "The Treatment of Milk Allergy and Its Basic Principles" (The Journal, Sept. 21, 1935) Dr. Bret Ratner makes several statements which either directly or by implication do not seem to be entirely in accord with fact. Since these statements concern investigations by us, we feel that a reply is necessary.On page 934, Dr. Ratner says: "Moro and Bauer first described cases of marasmus due to milk intolerance and showed that this condition could largely be attributed to immunologic disturbances resulting from the entrance of milk protein into the blood stream. Schloss and Worthen and Schloss and Anderson in America amplified this concept."In the paper quoted by Dr. Ratner, Moro found that blood taken post mortem from an atrophic baby contained a high titer of precipitin for cow's milk. A reasonably literal translation of Moro's comments on this case is as follows:

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