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July 1952

Food Allergy.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1952;84(1):138. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1952.02050010154017

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This book presents a very interesting and unique approach to the diagnosis of food allergy. Not too much credence is given to skin tests as diagnostic criteria for allergies to foods. Perhaps this is justified in adults because food allergy in adults is widely known for the false-positive skin reactions that are elicited. This is due to two factors: First, when the intracutaneous method is used, false reactions, particularly to vegetables and fruits, are often elicited, and second, a residual skin hypersensitivity may be present in a person who may have complete clinical tolerance for that food.

The diagnosis of food allergy by this author is divided into a number of phases which seem bewildering. According to him, a person may show one of many reactions to foods: complete absence of reaction, masked reaction, immediate reaction or even reactions to foods one to several days later. Such a state of

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