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To the Editor.—
With reference to the case of urticaria described in the Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology (30:854 [Dec.] 1934) by Dr. Jacob Spitz, may I call attention to a similar observation which I published in 1933 (Földes, E.: A New Approach to Dietetic Therapy, Boston, Richard G. Badger)? In this monograph I also produced evidence suggesting that the development of allergic diseases in general, and thus of urticaria, is made possible by the retention of water and mineral substances in the organism and that urticaria may disappear and its occurrence may be prevented if an "antiretentional diet" is administered. This diet, consisting of liberal amounts of proteins and vitamins and of restricted amounts of carbohydrates, fats, salt and water, is similar to that successfully employed by the patient of Dr. Spitz. As to the theoretical explanation of the therapeutic effects of this diet, however, the question arises
Földes E. Correspondence. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1935;31(4):532. doi:10.1001/archderm.1935.01460220090010
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