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Strangest of All Maladies

Matthew Smith

in Another Person's Poison: A History of Food Allergy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164849
eISBN:
9780231539197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164849.003.0004
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter describes the excitement and controversy generated by clinical and popular interest in food allergy during the first several decades of the twentieth century. It became apparent that ... More


The Problem with Peanuts

Matthew Smith

in Another Person's Poison: A History of Food Allergy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164849
eISBN:
9780231539197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164849.003.0007
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter highlights the role of the peanut in making food allergy respectable. More than any other food allergen, peanuts became synonymous with food allergy and the subject of grassroots ... More


An Immunological Explosion?

Matthew Smith

in Another Person's Poison: A History of Food Allergy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164849
eISBN:
9780231539197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164849.003.0006
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter discusses how the schism between food allergists and orthodox allergists was finally made complete by the discovery of immunoglobulin E (IgE) in 1966. For academic immunologists and ... More


Panic? Or the Pantry?

Matthew Smith

in Another Person's Poison: A History of Food Allergy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164849
eISBN:
9780231539197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164849.003.0005
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

During the postwar period, disputes about food allergy were framed on competing ideologies, one rooted in the emerging environmental movement and concerns about processed foods and food chemicals, ... More


When the Immune System Is the Problem, Not the Solution: Hypersensitivity and Allergy

William R. Clark

in In Defense of Self: How the Immune System Really Works

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195336634
eISBN:
9780199868568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336634.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Disease Ecology / Epidemiology

As scientists looked ever more closely at the immune system during the first half of the 20th century, it became apparent that in a number of situations exposure to a foreign antigen did not lead to ... More


Another Person's Poison: A History of Food Allergy

Matthew Smith

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164849
eISBN:
9780231539197
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164849.001.0001
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

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 ... More


Anaphylaxis, Allergy, and the Food Factor in Disease

Matthew Smith

in Another Person's Poison: A History of Food Allergy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164849
eISBN:
9780231539197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164849.003.0003
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter charts the emergence of allergy as a specific field of medical inquiry in the early years of the twentieth century. It considers debates about food allergy, which could be distilled to ... More


Introduction: “Witchcraft, A Fad, or A Racket?”

Matthew Smith

in Another Person's Poison: A History of Food Allergy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164849
eISBN:
9780231539197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164849.003.0001
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This introductory chapter begins with a review of some contemporary statistics about food allergy. Food allergies, for instance, occur when the immune system overreacts to proteins found in food. ... More


Food Allergy Before Allergy

Matthew Smith

in Another Person's Poison: A History of Food Allergy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164849
eISBN:
9780231539197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164849.003.0002
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter examines how physicians in previous centuries came to understand and explain the bizarre symptoms that some people experienced after eating particular foods. Rather than attempting to ... More


Einventing Baby Food In The Twenty-First Century

Amy Bentley

in Inventing Baby Food

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780520277373
eISBN:
9780520959149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520277373.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The first decade of the twenty-first century became another golden age for baby-food makers. As nutrition studies found infants’ and toddlers’ diets to be deficient in fruits and vegetables and high ... More


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