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July 10, 1937

NONSPECIFICITY OF GONADOTROPIC FACTOR OF PREGNANCY URINE INTRADERMALLYAS A TEST FOR PREGNANCY

JAMA. 1937;109(2):115-117. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780280021006
Abstract

A recent report1 on the use of antuitrin-S2 intradermally as a test for pregnancy and certain gynecologic conditions aroused our curiosity, since the results reported were at variance with the observations of one of us (A. E. C.) in allergic individuals.

The great number of names given to various glandular products, similar in many respects, has caused much confusion. Some authors have been careless in giving details regarding the product employed and have failed to give information on its source. We have attempted to clarify this situation as far as this intradermal test is concerned.

Mazer and Goldstein3 mention a skin test for pregnancy as follows: "Porges and Pollaczek,4 working on the hypothesis that pregnant women whose blood is surcharged with the anterior pituitary sex hormone are desensitized to its effects, and that nonpregnant women are correspondingly sensitive to subcutaneous injections of the hormone, attempted to employ this difference in

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