The nervous and allergic child: food allergy and behavioural problems in mid-twentieth-century USA

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Imagine the scenario: it is 1950 and you are the American parent of a child who is suffering from unexplained chronic symptoms, possibly skin eruptions, asthma, gastrointestinal complaints, or maybe even behavioural problems. Having sought medical advice for your unhappy child, two very different trajectories of diagnosis and treatment would have been offered, depending on the background and outlook of the physician with whom you consulted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-12
JournalHistory and Philosophy of Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • food allergy
  • behavioural problems
  • historical analysis of food allergies
  • medical history

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