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
🔹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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