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August 6, 1932

The Value of Tuberculin Tests in Man with Special Reference to the Intracutaneous Test.

JAMA. 1932;99(6):501. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740580069046

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This report on the value of the Mantoux test contains critical summaries of all important previous statistics and adds a large number of cases tested by the author. The sections on diagnostic applications consider the significance of a positive skin reaction, of a negative skin reaction, the sensitiveness of the tests, and the value in diagnosis and prognosis. The sections on epidemiologic applications consider the value of the tests in the contact clinic and the value of the tests in determining the distribution of tuberculous infection in the community. A number of tables and charts embracing various phases of statistical evidence, and a long list of references, are included. The technic of testing is described in detail. The author discusses the need for carrying the Mantoux test into higher concentrations than usual when necessary, and analyzes with great detail the results of surveys made with various methods of testing. The

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