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Progress in Pediatrics
February 1949

PRESENT STATUS OF IMMUNIZATION TO AND TREATMENT OF SCARLET FEVER

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO
Dr. Rhoads is attending physician, Cook County Contagious Hospital, chief of Department of Medicine, Wesley Memorial Hospital, and professor of medicine, Northwestern University Medical School.

Am J Dis Child. 1949;77(2):244-252. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1949.02030040253007
Abstract

IT IS NOW twenty-three years since the Dicks proved the etiology of scarlet fever and perfected methods by which susceptibility to the disease could be ascertained and by which the disease could be prevented. They also produced a successful antitoxin for treatment of the active phase. It is surprising that immunization to scarlet fever is still a controversial subject. In the present discussion some of the questions still in the minds of physicians about scarlet fever will be examined.

EFFICACY OF IMMUNIZATION TO SCARLET FEVER  Do the present methods of immunization against scarlet fever actually immunize against the disease?If one specifies the Dick method in which, according to the old formula, unchanged scarlet fever streptococcus toxin U. S. P. was administered in five doses increasing from 500 to 80,000 skin test doses and which, in the past three years, has been increased to an initial dose of 650 skin

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