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March 3, 1951

Food Allergy

JAMA. 1951;145(9):683. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920270077030

The imperfections in the identification of specific causative agents in a sizable portion of the allergic population and the general failure to assign any definitive cause to a number of obscure nonallergic conditions have created much speculation and many theories. Among these concepts is one that deals with the claimed extreme importance of food allergy. This concept, shared only by a small minority of those who deal with allergic disease, has finally culminated in the monograph by Rinkel and his associates.

Some of the major theses of this belief can be summarized as follows:

  1. Allergy to food is claimed to be extremely important and common. To the authors it explains many of the curious manifestations and complications of allergy. The following statements are typical: "Nasal obstruction in a properly treated case of pollinosis points to a complicating food allergy." "A diet that is correct for a patient in the

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