May 12, 1923


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Berkeley, Calif.

JAMA. 1923;80(19):1399-1400. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640460049030

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, April 7, is a communication from Dr. Zingher, criticizing rather forcefully my paper on the intracutaneous guinea-pig test for human susceptibility and immunity to diphtheria. Merited criticism should be accepted gracefully, and I am free to admit that the use of my name in association with the test does not have the appearance of good taste; however, there were reasons besides vanity that seemed at the time of the first printed use of the term (on forms for the transmission of specimens) to weigh against the selection of any other. These were, the early local use of the name, the confusion with other laboratory examinations which immediately occurred, and the apparent necessity, since the test was for general use by the profession, of deciding between various cumbersome designations, such as "guinea-pig test for diphtheria immunity and susceptibility," or even just "diphtheria susceptibility reaction," the

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