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September 1940


Author Affiliations

From the Allergy Clinic, Sydenham Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;60(3):631-634. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.02000030163015

In 1937 Vollmer and Goldberger1 described a new tuberculin patch test and compared its results with those of the Pirquet test in 209 tuberculous children. Their study showed conformity of results in 187 patients, or 89.5 per cent, and nonconformity in 22, or 10.5 per cent, with 15 of the latter reacting positively to the patch test and negatively to the Pirquet test. From the point of view of reliability, this new test was considered superior and had the added advantage of simplicity. In the following year these authors2 published observations on 169 tuberculous children, employing for the patch test tuberculin3 approximately four times stronger than that originally used, and compared the results with those of the Mantoux intracutaneous test, using purified protein derivative. Only 1 child failed to react to the patch test who at the same time reacted positively to the intracutaneous test. In a

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