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January 1952

Management of Celiac Disease.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1952;89(1):165. doi:10.1001/archinte.1952.00240010175017

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This timely monograph by Dr. Sidney V. Haas, who introduced banana feeding in the therapy of celiac disease, and his son represents the most extensive report published thus far on the subject. The first two-thirds of the book deal with the historical aspects of the problem, the various theories of etiology, and the methods of treatment proposed by different workers in the field. The remaining pages are devoted to the authors' own experience and opinions.

On the whole, the subject is treated comprehensively and objectively. The writers' style is clear and direct, and their approach to controversial aspects of the problems of celiac disease is fair and judicious. An attempt is made to compare therapeutic results and prognosis on the basis of differences in dietary management. Although the authors do not claim to know the underlying cause of celiac disease, their conviction is strong that its main manifestations are related

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