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Article
May 1940

PASSIVE TRANSFER OF LIGHT SENSITIVITY: REPORT OF A CASE

Author Affiliations

DURHAM, N. C.

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, John H. Stokes, M.D., Director, Philadelphia, and from the Section of Dermatology and Syphilology of the Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N. C.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;41(5):889-891. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490110075010
Abstract

Although sensitivity to light has long been recognized and studied extensively, there has not been, to my knowledge, any report in this country of the successful passive transfer of such sensitivity. Certain European investigators claim to have passively transferred light sensitivity. Stein,1 Rajka2 and Bernstein3 used the Prausnitz-Küstner method,4 and Rarer5 used the Königstein-Urbach blister serum method,6 but, according to Urbach,7 the necessary controls were not made to make their work conclusive.

During the past three years I have had occasion to study rather carefully a patient who was particularly sensitive to light and have been able, using a modified Prausnitz-Küstner technic, to transfer this sensitivity passively to 3 different normal persons. A brief report of the case and of the details of the passive transfer experiments follows.

REPORT OF CASE  The patient was first seen in the office of Dr. John H.

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