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October 19, 1957

PSYCHOSOMATIC ASPECTS OF ALLERGY IN CHILDHOOD

JAMA. 1957;165(7):812-815. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980250046011
Abstract

The author's experience with allergy in children has fortified his belief that allergic illnesses in childhood have a basic immunological etiology. Early recognition of the allergic state, thorough and careful allergic diagnostic study with adequate treatment, both therapeutically and prophylactically, insures a good result in most children with allergic illness. If such illnesses fail to respond to medical management, the child's physical and psychological environment must be more deeply evaluated. Separation of the child from his usual surroundings, particularly his parents, for periods of 6 to 12 months has given results that were rewarding for the greater number of children. The influence of maternal rejection, fear of separation from the mother, and other forms of unhappiness in the home environment is recognized, but the patient also deserves the relief he might obtain from an allergic investigation, immunization, and medication.

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