A History of Coeliac Disease

  title={A History of Coeliac Disease},
  author={Monty S. Losowsky},
  journal={Digestive Diseases},
  pages={112 - 120}
  • M. Losowsky
  • Published 1 April 2008
  • Medicine
  • Digestive Diseases
Coeliac disease may have an ancient history dating back to the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. The first clear description was given by Samuel Gee in 1888. He suggested that dietary treatment might be of benefit. In the early 20th century various diets were tried, with some success, but without clear recognition of the toxic components. The doctoral thesis of Wim Dicke of 1950 established that exclusion of wheat, rye and oats from the diet led to dramatic improvement. The toxicity was shown to be a… 

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