In the midst of an examination room cluttered with crayons, coloring books, and toys intended to pacify or bribe children during allergy skin testing, an anxious mother attended to her active 4-year-old son. A glance at the appointment book before walking into the room indicated that the reason for this new patient visit was “food allergies.” The interview began with the usual “why are you here” question. The mother’s response: she wanted to know what foods her son was really allergic to and were causing his hyperactivity (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [ADHD]).
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