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August 13, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(7):573-574. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740590053023

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The Treatment of Alimentary Allergy  Mr. Charles Richet, Jr., and Mr. Couder have communicated to the academy a method to combat alimentary anaphylaxis. If the method is confirmed by others, it will render great service in these conditions, for the control of which therapeutics has at present only complicated procedures, such as the peptone therapy of Pagniez and of Valléry-Radot and the elimination method of Albert Rowe. Richet uses an entirely different principle, which he has described in an article in the Presse médicale. He says that it is difficult to produce an anaphylactic state by way of the digestive tract. It can be accomplished only by cleansing previously the intestinal mucosa, as Besredka has advised, by an abundant supply of bile immediately before the ingestion of the food. Richet concluded from this that one could produce the opposite effect by previously protecting the mucosa with an insulating substance, and

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