FROM TIME to time, it is valuable to reassess the percentage of positive reactors to tuberculin, particularly because it is known that such epidemiologic data are not static. This report of tuberculin testing among a large group of children in the Pittsburgh area confirms the value of routine tuberculin testing. Two unsuspected active cases were brought to light, a number of inactive cases were revealed, and, in many instances, a positive reaction in a child has led to the discovery of a tuberculous subject among adults.
SELECTION OF PATIENTS
From August to December, 1950, four hundred fifty-three patients admitted consecutively to the medical services of the hospital were given skin tests with tuberculin. Of these, 59 patients were tested with tuberculin alone, 293 were tested simultaneously with histoplasmin, and 101 were tested with moniliin. Later, in June and July, 1951, an additional 84 patients were tested with both tuberculin and
CARPENTER A, SPINO PD, HADDEN JC. INCIDENCE OF SKIN-TEST REACTIONS AMONG CHILDREN IN THE PITTSBURGH DISTRICT: II. Tuberculin. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1952;83(5):598–602. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1952.02040090044003
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