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July 1961

Milk Allergy in Infantile Atopic Eczema

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatric Allergy, Rhode Island Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1961;102(1):76-81. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.02080010078012

The specific causes of atopic eczema in infancy are still not clearly understood. Because etiologic sensitivities are difficult to demonstrate, the very concept of an allergic mechanism is occasionally challenged. In this study an attempt was made

  1. To summarize briefly some of the literature on cow's milk allergy

  2. To estimate its significance as an etiologic factor in the causation of atopic eczema in this selected group of infants

There is a prevailing impression among many physicians that allergy to cow's milk is frequently a major cause of infantile eczema. However, available clinical evidence seems to indicate that foods in general and cow's milk in particular have very little, if any, influence upon the course of atopic eczema in infants. Sherman and Kessler1 state... in pediatric literature and in pediatric thinking the idea that foods are the principal incitants of infantile eczema is repeatedly made, yet when this

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