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February 26, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(9):662. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680350046023

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Congress of Internal Medicine  The Società italiana di medicina interna recently held its thirty-second congress in Padua. Addresses were delivered by Professors Bodrero, Maragliano, Casagrandi and Donati.

BIOLOGIC TESTS IN MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS  The opening discussion on the first topic on the program, "Biologic Tests in Medical Diagnosis," was given by Prof. G. Cevolotto. The speaker's conclusions were in part as follows: 1. The Abderhalden test rests on a theoretical basis, the correctness of which has been confirmed. Its application, however, is difficult. The enzyme test of Sivori, Rebaudi and Menniti is good. 2. The miostagmin reaction is the best method for serodiagnosis of cancer. 3. In the diagnosis of tuberculosis, tests depending on deviation of complement merit the chief consideration. 4. Of the cutaneous tests, the Leone test for the determination of the functioning of the endocrine glands is of particular interest. Pirquet's test has slight practical value because its

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