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Another Person's Poison: A History of Food Allergy

Matthew Smith


This book assesses the political, economic, cultural, and health factors that relate to food allergies. It surveys the history of food allergies from ancient times to the present and provides a clear appraisal of new medical findings on allergies and what they say about our environment, our immune system, and the nature of the food we consume. It shows that for most of the twentieth century, while many physicians and clinicians argued that certain foods could cause a range of chronic problems, from asthma and eczema to migraines and hyperactivity, others believed that allergies were psychosoma ... More

Keywords: food allergies, public-health policy, health, environment, immune system, asthma, eczema, migraine, hyperactivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231164849
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231164849.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Smith, author
University of Strathclyde