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September 28, 1940

Diseases of the Digestive System and Food Allergy

JAMA. 1940;115(13):1126. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810390066034

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This curious book was written by a man who seems to have the idea that most diseases of the digestive tract, including cancer of the stomach and amebic dysentery, should be treated with a diet consisting of what he calls anallergic foods. Most curiously he includes among these anallergic foods such items as milk, eggs, wheat, cocoa, tomatoes and melons, which, according to all allergists, are looked on as the worst of offenders. The author believes that what he calls alimentallergy can now replace more than fifty clinical syndromes previously recognized under other names. As one would expect, he furnishes no adequate proof for his astounding doctrines. We suspect the book will be of interest only to collectors of medical curios.

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