September 1954

Familial Nonreaginic Food-Allergy.

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Edition 3. By Arthur F. Coca, M.D. Price, $10.50. Pp. 281, with 48 tables, 21 charts, and 26 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1953.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;88(3):425. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050100427018

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Dr. Coca's monograph "Familial Nonreaginic Food-Allergy" is now in its third edition, which attests to the fact that many are interested in this adventure into the field of allergy.

Dr. Coca has enlarged his book to include chapters on the diagnostic and prognostic use of the stellate ganglion block, the relation of this form of allergy to poliomyelitis paralysis, its relation to hypertension, multiple sclerosis, tobacco sensitivity, glaucoma, and other disease states.

The main thesis of this volume is that certain persons, who are sensitive to food but do not present positive skin reactions, regularly have an acceleration of the pulse rate during an allergic episode. Upon this thesis is based "a new method of approach" to the diagnosis and treatment of a group of allergic diseases.

Dr. Coca has termed this form of allergy "idioblapsis" and does not believe it depends on an antigen-antibody mechanism. "Idioblapsis" may satisfy a

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