Now at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina.
LEMON-JUICE THERAPY: THE CONTROL OF LIFE-THREATENING RUMINATION IN A SIX-MONTH-OLD INFANT1
Article first published online: 27 FEB 2013
1974 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume 7, Issue 4, pages 557–563, Winter 1974
How to Cite
Sajwaj, T., Libet, J. and Agras, S. (1974), LEMON-JUICE THERAPY: THE CONTROL OF LIFE-THREATENING RUMINATION IN A SIX-MONTH-OLD INFANT. Jnl of Applied Behav Analysis, 7: 557–563. doi: 10.1901/jaba.1974.7-557
This clinical case study was supported in part by the Avery Fund for Research in the Behavioral Sciences. The authors wish to express their most grateful appreciation to Dr. Blair Bateson and his staff of the Department of Pediatrics for their most gracious cooperation.
- Issue published online: 27 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 27 FEB 2013
- Received 23 January 1974; Revision requested 26 March 1974; Final acceptance 24 July 1974
Chronic, life-threatening rumination was eliminated in a six-month-old infant by squirting a small amount of lemon juice into her mouth whenever rumination or its precursors were detected. A brief suspension of this therapy demonstrated its crucial role. Lemon-juice therapy offers a practical and acceptable alternative to other therapies for rumination, namely electric shock and massive noncontingent attention. However, since this study is limited to a single case, claims as to the effectiveness of this therapy across children are premature.