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November 1935

TUBERCULOSIS IN CHILDHOOD: COMPARATIVE VALUE OF THE CUTANEOUS TESTS AND ANALYSIS OF HISTORIES OF CONTACT

Author Affiliations

Director, Tuberculosis Division, Department of Health NEWARK, N. J.

Am J Dis Child. 1935;50(5):1131-1142. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970110039006
Abstract

The present study was undertaken for a twofold purpose: (1) to analyze histories of contact, not only comparing the incidence of tuberculosis in the children of tuberculous families with the corresponding incidence in children in healthy families but also analyzing separately the relative significance of the specific types of contacts, and (2) to compare the reactions to cutaneous tests with each other and with clinical and roentgen findings, stressing the value of the Loewenstein test. This comparative study in conjunction with the family history is, I believe, the first work in English to be presented.

MATERIAL AND METHOD  The material consisted of a group of 1,207 children, 325 Negro and 882 white, who were referred to my associates and me because of a family history of tuberculosis and a history of contact with tuberculous persons. As controls we subjected a group of 50 Negro and 200 white children from healthy

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