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July 31, 1920


Author Affiliations

Vienna, Austria. American Joint Distribution Committee

JAMA. 1920;75(5):332-333. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620310050023

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(From a Special Correspondent)

Vienna, July 1, 1920.

To the Editor:  —It is probably not known in the United States that the name von Pirquet, famous for the discovery of the reaction following inoculation with tuberculin toxins— tuberculin test—is now better known in Austria because of Pirquet's system of nutrition. This system is described in a three volume work entitled "Pirquet's System der Ernährung," and also in a smaller booklet by his chief assistant, Prof. B. Schick, entitled "Das Pirquetsche System der Ernährung," published in Berlin in 1919. This system is today widely discussed here. People are being fed according to this system—not only adults, but also rachitic children and nurslings. It is also used in soup kitchens which have been established under the American Relief Association, which prepare food daily for 288 dining rooms in which 165,000 children receive one meal daily.The unit of nutrition has heretofore been