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December 1930

DIAGNOSTIC TUBERCULIN REACTIONS: THE MANTOUX VERSUS THE CRAIG TEST

Author Affiliations

DENVER
From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Am J Dis Child. 1930;40(6):1230-1238. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01940060070006
Abstract

In 1916, Craig1 described a new technic for the testing of skin sensitivity to tuberculin. Just prior to this, Hill2 recommended this particular technic for vaccination against smallpox. Shortly thereafter, one of us (R. P. F.) was on service in a large hospital for contagious diseases. An epidemic of smallpox offered opportunity to compare Hill's method of vaccination with the orthodox scarification method. We were at once impressed with the many advantages this "multiple puncture" technic offered, and have since used no other method. The United States Public Health Service tried out Hill's multiple puncture method of vaccination and presented it, slightly modified, as the best method for routine use, in a convincing exhibit at the annual session of the American Medical Association in Dallas, Tex., in 1926.

Among the chief advantages of the new technic, as pointed out at the exhibit in Dallas, are the ease and

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