Medicine being an Art as well as a Science, it is
liable to reflect numan ta.ilins and foibles, one. of
whicn is the weakness for a "fashion'. it may be said
that of the various tuberculin tests, the one associated
with von Pirquet's name has been the fashionable one.
Recently, however, the intra-dermal method or Mendel
and Mantoux has bid fair to supplant the scarification
test in popularity. If it is going to prove fashionable, it occurred to one that it might be of service to
investigate its possible fallacies, particularly in
relation to the acute infectious diseases.
Although the physician may be prone to "fashion" in
technique, he is also a slave to dogma. A positive
statement in medicine often acquires the authority of
an established principle.
One such principle has been that tuberculosis is
particularly liable to ensue after certain acute
infectious diseases. Accordingly adopting the latest
"fashion" in tuberculin tests, I set out as a devout
believer to assess the value or the test in mitigating
this grave sequel of events.