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Another Person's PoisonA History of Food Allergy$
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Matthew Smith

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231164849

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231164849.001.0001

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(p.187) Conclusion
Another Person's Poison

Matthew Smith

Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter begins with a discussion of the lack of medical interest and the paucity of research on the rise of allergy and other immune dysfunctions. It argues that rather than thinking imaginatively or creatively about such diseases, their causes, and what they might denote about our changing relationship with our foods, the environment, or our lifestyles, most clinicians and researchers have expended their energies on defending restrictive dogmas and debating about precise definitions. The chapter suggests that in order to explain the explosion of anaphylactic allergy and other allergic diseases, food allergists and orthodox allergists should look to reconcile their differences and examine food allergy afresh in a more pluralistic, open-minded, and holistic fashion.

Keywords:   food allergy, anaphylactic allergy, allergies, food allergists, orthodox allergists

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