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January 6, 1900

THE TUBERCULIN TEST, AND THE NEED OF A MORE COMPLETE DIAGNOSIS OF TUBERCULOSIS.

Author Affiliations

DENVER, COLO.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(1):20-21. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610010020001c
Abstract

Having been at work on similar lines1, I am much interested in the perusal, just finished, of the excellent paper of Dr. Edward B. Otis, on the "Value of the Tuberculin Test in the Diagnosis of Tuberculosis2." My friend Otis may say that I am too sanguine in my discussion of his paper. I will return such a compliment by saying that he is too conservative, especially in his conclusions. For, though agreeing with him, in his high estimation of the test, I think he could have added from 10 to 20 per cent. to his successes, had he varied his procedure or differently estimated its results.

1. As to the tuberculin used: While allowing it to be preferable to use the same standard material as to virulency, the particular make—if it be pure—does not count for so much if the plan I propose be followed out, namely, to

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