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April 15, 1933

Skin Diseases and Nutrition Including the Dermatoses of Children.

JAMA. 1933;100(15):1203. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740150061036

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This book is a record of ten years' investigation in the scientific application of dietetics to diseases of the skin. Based on the classic studies of Luithlen, it emphasizes the necessity of a biologic and chemical study of the normal and diseased skin. In the first half of the book dermatoses are considered in relation to diet with chapters on skin diseases due to malnutrition, alimentary infections and intoxications, dysfunction or disease of the digestive tract, metabolic disturbances and nutritive idiosyncrasies. Of special interest are Urbach's original ideas on nutritive allergens and his methods of determining them with nutritional experiments and specific propeptans. The author holds that the normal cutaneous and intracutaneous methods of testing are worthless in many dermatoses and that only oral administration of suspected foods gives allergic results. The underlying principle of Urbach's technic is to allow the patient to eat only such foods as have a

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