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November 1, 1941

Elimination Diets and the Patient's Allergies: A Handbook of Allergy

JAMA. 1941;117(18):1574. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820440082039

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In the first fifty-three pages the author covers most of the field of allergy, leaving the rest of the book to cover an excellent, but brief, discussion of various common and uncommon foods and elimination diets. The technic of management by elimination diets is discussed with the thoroughness that would be appreciated primarily by the specialist. Sample diets and recipes are given in detail. The final fifty pages are entitled "Appendix" and consist of unorganized notes on many subjects, such as vitamins, weight maintenance, environmental control, history forms and directions for pollen therapy. Briefly, the value of the book is in its discussion of foods and the author's methods of diagnosis and treatment by elimination diets. Its weakness is in the attempt to cover the entire field of allergy in addition, without trying to correlate allergy with immunology or with the general field of internal medicine.

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