Medicine: Auto-Allergy

Most readers got a big ha-ha out of the cartoon in which the doctor tells the little man he seems to be allergic to himself. Now, it appears, the joke is no laughing matter. Many unfortunates actually are allergic to themselves: i.e., to the chemicals such as sex hormones, insulin, adrenalin produced by their own bodies.

In the current Journal of Allergy, Drs. Bernhard Zondek (famed co-discoverer of a standard test for pregnancy) and Yehuda M. Bromberg of Jerusalem's Hadassah University Hospital tell how they made hormone skin tests on 165 women, about half of whom were suspected of hormone allergy. Sure...