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August 1936


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From the Pediatric Clinic and the Children's Allergy Section of the Mandel Clinic, Michael Reese Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1936;52(2):303-307. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1936.04140020046005

One hesitates to report a case of allergy due to human emanation, not only because the condition is so rare and to date experimentally unattainable, but because of the fact, recently reemphasized by Vaughan and Fowlkes,1 that allergy due to cohabitation is usually traceable to a substance about the offending person other than human emanation. Encouraged by Cooper's2 recent report of allergy to human semen, however, we wish to report here the occurrence of bronchial asthma in a child due to the menotoxin of the mother during her pregnancy and puerperium.

Although the existence of menstrual toxin has been suspected and mentioned since Biblical times, the superstition was first put to scientific test by Dr. Béla Schick,3 who in 1920 showed that freshly cut flowers held in the hand of a menstruating woman for from ten to thirty minutes on the first to the third day of

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