Book Reviews
December 1928


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By CARL FUNCK, M.D. Price, RM. 3. Pp. 63. Berlin: S. Karger, 1928.

Am J Dis Child. 1928;36(6):1315. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1928.01920300224022

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The object of the book is to distinguish disorders occasioned by the diet from other disorders. Funck states, "the most certainly deadly poison most frequently used is the daily food stuffs." He believes that the basis of the so-called nutritive allergic conditions is the faulty absorption from the gastro-intestinal tract and damage to the liver, so that the partially digested material absorbed is not completely destroyed. He names many disorders which are traceable to the diet, in some cases using only therapeutic tests as proof.

Walker's systems of tests are used with Coca's extracts in testing for the etiology of hives, angioneurotic edema, migraine, enteritis, anaphylactica and hyperesthetic rhinitis. Arthritismus, cramps and inflammatory phenomena, some types of migraine and angiospasm (essential hypertension) are mentioned as nutritive in origin in some cases only.

The article is written in a long-winded type of German, marked by frequent, clumsy repetition, and the information

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