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As with new medical ideas, the success of a book is often directly proportional to the number of debts accrued during its development. This project would not have been possible without the financial support of the Wellcome Trust and the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada. The Wellcome Trust has also provided me with indispensable training, especially its oral history course. I am grateful for the support and encouragement of Tony Woods, Liz Shaw, Nils Fietje, and Ross MacFarlane, in particular, as well as the members of the Wellcome Trust’s History of Medicine funding committees. I am humbled by the prizes awarded to me by the Society for the Social History of Medicine, the British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health, and the American Association for the History of Medicine. Oral history has been a crucial component in my project, and I would like to thank warmly all of my interviewees, as well as the Feingold Association of the United States for connecting me with families who had employed the Feingold diet. Your contribution was invaluable and I hope you all enjoy the book. The staff at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine (Harvard University), the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center (Boston University), the Archives of the Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee), the Wellcome Library, and the British Library were all helpful and also deserve thanks. I am grateful for the suggestions and advice provided by Gregg Mitman, Rima Apple, Jo Melling, Kate Fisher, Matthias Reiss, Michelle Smith, Court Smith, and Sandra Smith for reading this at various stages, and I am thankful for the fulsome support of the Centre for Medical History, the Department of History, and all of my friends and colleagues at the University of Exeter. My PhD and postdoctoral supervisor Mark Jackson deserves enormous credit for his encouragement, attention to detail, sharp analytical skills, diligence, and humor. I have enjoyed putting this book together with the staff at Rutgers University Press and am particularly thankful to Rima Apple for suggesting the Critical Issues in Health and Medicine series and all of her enthusiasm during the last few years. I am also grateful to Marlie Wasserman, Peter Mickulas, and Ann Youmans for their editorial expertise and support. Finally, I would like to thank my family and friends for giving me the confidence to pursue my academic goals. I am forever indebted to Michelle, Mom, Dad, Liz, Jeremy, Addison, Kellan, the Burkes and, of course, Alice. ix Acknowledgments ...


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