Bela Schick(redirected from diagnostic diphtheria toxin)
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Schick, Béla(bā`lə shĭk), 1877–1967, American pediatrician, b. Hungary, M.D. Karl Franz Univ., Graz, 1900. After having taught at the Univ. of Vienna (1902–23), he came to the United States. From 1923 he was a pediatrician at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York. In 1929 he became a naturalized American citizen. He devised (1910–11) the Schick testSchick test,
diagnostic test designed to evaluate susceptibility to diphtheria. A small amount of diphtheria toxin is injected into the skin; the injection will produce an area of redness and swelling in individuals with low levels of antibody (i.e.
..... Click the link for more information. to determine susceptibility to diphtheria. He also made important studies of allergy and wrote, with others, Scarlet Fever (1912) and Child Care Today (1933).
See biographies by A. Gronowicz (1954) and I. Noble (1963).