Theron Randolph

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Theron Randolph
Born 1906
Died September 29, 1995 (aged 88–89)
Nationality United States
Fields Medicine
Alma mater University of Michigan
Known for Clinical ecology

Theron Randolph (1906 – September 29, 1995) was a physician, allergist, and researcher from the United States. He studied food allergies, chemical allergies, and preventive care. Randolph, along with other American allergists, objected to the definition of allergies as arising from serological abnormalities; this definition, common among European allergists of Randolph's day, excluded from consideration the kinds of adverse environmental reactions that Randolph studied. Randolph authored four books and over 300 medical articles and is considered the "Father of Clinical Ecology". According to his obituary in the New York Times, "traditional medical bodies ... which contended there was no scientific basis for his approach, are sharply skeptical of Dr. Randolph's unorthodox therapies".[1]

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Randolph was an allergologist who graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, was a research fellow in allergy and immunology at the Harvard Medical School, and then taught at the Northwestern University Medical School until, as he put it, he was forced out because of his unorthodox teaching.[2] He wrote extensively about his clinical research into multiple chemical sensitivity, a controversial condition that currently lacks widespread acceptance as an organic disease.


Randolph wrote four books and over 300 articles, many of which were about clinical ecology and environmental medicine, two non-recognized medical specialties:

  • Moss, Ralph W.; Randolph, Theron G. (1980). An alternative approach to allergies: the new field of clinical ecology unravels the environmental causes of mental and physical ills. New York: Lippincott & Crowell. ISBN 0-690-01998-X. 
  • Randolph, Theron G. (1987). Environmental medicine: beginnings and bibliographies of clinical ecology. Fort Collins, CO: Clinical Ecology Publications. ISBN 0-943771-00-5. 
  • Randolph, Theron G. (1962). Human ecology and susceptibility to the chemical environment. Springfield, Ill: Thomas. ISBN 0-398-01548-1. 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Randolph's obituary". 
  2. ^ "Randolph's obituary". 
  • Miller, Claudia. "Toxicant-induced Loss of Tolerance." Addiction 96 (2000), 115–139.

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