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J Toxicol Clin Toxicol. 1995;33(2):111-3.

Multiple chemical sensitivities--public policy.


The phenomenon of multiple chemical sensitivities is a peculiar manifestation of our technophobic and chemophobic society. It has been rejected as an established organic disease by the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, and the International Society of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology. It may be the only ailment in existence in which the patient defines both the cause and the manifestations of his own condition. Despite this, it has achieved credibility in workmen's compensation claims, tort liability, and regulatory actions, all of which are briefly reviewed.

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