Medicine: T.B. Test

Early diagnosis is particularly important in the treatment of tuberculosis. Last week doctors were offered a new test which is painless, cheap and simple. "Plastotest" requires no hypodermic jab and no scratching to break the skin, needs no technical experts nor costly machinery. A preparation of tuberculin is applied with a toothpick to the surface of the skin, where it sticks like glue. If small blisters and redness appear within 24 hours, it indicates that the patient is or has been infected with tuberculosis.

To doctors and nurses, who in mass testing have to...

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