The Chinese Restaurant Syndrome

  • Martin Gore


In 1968 a letter from a Chinese physician named Kwok was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, describing certain symptoms he had experienced after eating Chinese food (Kwok, 1968). Since then there has been much research attempting to place what was a random observation onto a more scientific base. Although 13 years have passed since that first report, this attempt has failed; indeed, if anything the situation has become more confused. There is argument over the very symptoms that make up the syndrome, let alone an understanding of their cause and time course.


Glutamic Acid Glutamate Ingestion Burning Sensation Classic Symptom Hepatic Coma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Gore
    • 1
  1. 1.University College HospitalLondonUK

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