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Book Reviews
November 1940

Diseases of the Digestive System and Food Allergy.

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By Josef S. Smul, M.D. Price, $3.50. Pp. 219, with no illustrations. New York: Medical Library Company, 1940.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;60(5):1234. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.02000050218021

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Abstract

The purpose of this book is to link diseases of the gastrointestinal system with food allergy. In the opening chapter the author states that some seventy hitherto separate diseases of the gastrointestinal system without known cause will be proved to be only different groups of symptoms of one disease, "food allergy," of the digestive organs.

The author is verbose, employing terminology much of which apparently has been coined for the occasion, and the book is confusing to the initiated as well as to the uninitiated. Most of the classification of gastrointestinal allergy as used in this volume is not to be found in any of the recognized textbooks on the subject.

There is little reference to the voluminous work in this field; in fact, the book gives only five or six references. No publication later than 1930 is referred to and one versed in the

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