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After a presentation by Dr. J. Arthur Myers on tuberculin testing in Minnesota schools to the St. Louis Academy of General Practice in September, 1951, academy members began to give serious consideration to the value of large-scale tuberculin patch testing by general practitioners in the St. Louis area. The original committee, though sincere in its aims, remained rather inactive other than urging academy members to patch test individual patients in their private practice. As early as January, 1952, letters were sent to all academy members urging the adoption of patch testing as a routine office procedure. The St. Louis Tuberculosis and Health Society, with the cooperation of the Retail Druggist's Association, furnished literature, patch tests, and report cards free of charge to all participating physicians. In spite of this cooperation the program of large-scale tuberculin patch testing was slow moving and could hardly be termed successful.
Early in 1953 a
Gray WC. MASS TUBERCULIN PATCH TESTING OF SCHOOL CHILDRENPRELIMINARY REPORT OF A COMMUNITY PLAN. JAMA. 1955;158(1):8–10. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960010010002
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