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Whenever an entirely new concept at variance with current practice is presented to the medical profession, it is usually received with skepticism. Often some such concepts obtain a few adherents and flourish for a while, soon to be discarded; others are found to be sound and are added to the permanent material of the medical structure. Time will tell to which category the substance of this book belongs.
Dr. Coca has brought forward an entirely new view of many ailments, which will not be readily accepted by allergists or by the medical profession at large. His high professional standing and the worth of his many previous contributions to allergy, however, demand that anything he writes be given serious consideration.
Nonreaginic familial food allergy, or "idioblaptic" (from the Greek, meaning "individual spoiler") allergy, as Dr. Coca has called it, affects a large proportion of the human race. It is likely to