Tuberculin, both in diagnosis and in treatment, has suffered so much through the recklessness and carelessness of those who have not given sufficiently serious thought to its use, that those who have come to have even limited confidence in this very potent agency feel that they must protect its reputation by placing every safeguard about its employment. While pharmaceutic houses are making the administration of tuberculin attractively simple and easy, those who would not see it discredited must sound constant warning and urge that it be used always with the utmost caution.
On the other hand, while recognizing the dangers of the injudicious use of tuberculin, we must scrutinize the reports of untoward results, that the agent shall not suffer from faulty observation and erroneous conclusions or be the victim of simple coincidence.
Most of us recall the case cited by H. L. Barnes,1 in which he had intended
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