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May 16, 1931

Nutritive Allergie in der Pathogenese innerer Erkrankungen ALS nährschaden Erwachsener.

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Von Dr. Carl Funck, Facharzt für innere Krankheiten in Köln. Second edition. Paper. Price, 6 marks. Pp. 170. Berlin: S. Karger, 1930.

JAMA. 1931;96(20):1725. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720460071040

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This is a complicated treatise dealing with nutritive allergy in adults. The author recognizes and grants some importance to the three theses held generally by those caring for allergic diseases: (1) avoidance of the allergen (exciting factor); (2) reduction of threshold by specific and nonspecific desensitization; (3) interruption of shock circles. Just how he accomplishes the last mentioned could not be discovered on careful perusal. His main idea is that food is responsible for practically all cases of allergy; this applies especially to so-called food or alimentary allergy. However, he believes that the methods used by American and French investigators (Rowe, Richet) are curative or helpful in only a small percentage of the total cases. He examines his patients thoroughly, with special reference to the liver and alimentary tract, and he gives a long list of tests done, including tests for urobilin, urobilinogen, blood serum bilirubin and blood sugar, and

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