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September 1922

A CRITICAL STUDY OF SIXTY-ONE CASES OF ASTHMA AND ECZEMA IN INFANCY AND CHILDHOOD CONTROLLED BY CUTANEOUS PROTEIN SENSITIZATION TESTS

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK CITY
From the Department of Pediatrics, Cornell University Medical School, and the Outpatient Department of the New York Nursery and Child's Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1922;24(3):221-238. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1922.04120090044008
Abstract

Although the subject of protein hypersensitiveness is a comparatively recent one, a great deal of literature has been published on its various aspects in the past few years. Many writers, among them Baker1 and Peshkin and Rost,2 have studied the frequency of the sensitization of the skin in normal persons. Schloss and Walker have also added to our much clearer understanding of the peculiar condition found only in certain persons. O'Keefe,3 White,4 Blackfan5 and Baker1 also, have made special studies on children with allergic symptoms. Nevertheless, despite all this literature, the use of the cutaneous test as an aid in diagnosis and treatment by pediatrists is still very limited, largely because of a skepticism as to the value of the results secured by this means.

The present study of sixty-one infants and children with eczema and asthma was made to show, if possible, to

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