CME INDIA Presentation by ⚜ Dr. M. Gowri Sankar, MD, Senior Assistant Professor, Dept. of General Medicine, Government Medical College and ESI Hospital, Coimbatore.

Today’s History Feature:

Dr. Bela Schick

(Jul 16, 1877 – Dec 6, 1967)

💠Hungerian born-American Paediatrician

💠Founder of Allergology

His contributions…

🔹Schick completed his medical studies from Karl France University, Austria in 1900.

🔹After his studies, he worked with his mentor Dr. Theodor Escherich, who had discovered Escherichia coli.

🔹He also worked with Dr. Clemmens Von Pirquet in University of Children’s clinic at Vienna. This made Dr. Schick a distinguished Professor of childhood diseases.

🔹At the age of 36 years, Schick developed one of the important tests of the 20th century – the well-known Intradermal Schick test. It’s a test for susceptibility of diptheria and ultimately led to the eradication of the diptheria.

🔹In collaboration with Von Pirquet he proposed Serum Sickness, which describes a strange systemic symptom suffered after a week by diptheria or tetanus antitoxin horse serum.

🔹Subsequently, both coined the term as Allergy, which was derived from Greek word allos meaning “other” and ergon meaning “reaction” to describe the clinical reaction.

🔹He further focused on scarlet fever, tuberculosis and infantile nutrition.

🔹In the year 1932, he penned his observations related to child care and published a popular guide called Child Care Today, which also advised the children to rise against corporal punishment.

🔹Additionally, he published The care of your child from Infancy to Six in 1949 & Serum sickness in 1951.

🔹Further, he concluded “The World is Kept Alive by the Breath of Children.”

A Day to Commemorate

A Paediatrician Who Contributed Significantly to Children’s Health

Dr. Bela Schick 🙏

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