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December 3, 1910

THE CONSERVATIVE UTILIZATION OF THE WASSERMANN REACTION

Author Affiliations

Director of Laboratory, Neurological Institute, New York; Serologist to the Montefiore Home NEW YORK

JAMA. 1910;55(23):1952-1956. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330230010003
Abstract

The statements in this communication are based on a study of over 3,200 reactions, and in view of the confusion and uncertainty that still prevail in the minds of many physicians as to the significance and value of the Wassermann test I am hopeful that this work will tend to render clear some obscure points and enable us to handle the question of syphilis from a serologic point of view with greater accuracy than heretofore. The impression that I have received from almost two years' work with this reaction and the benefits that physicians and patients derive from its application is that the value of the Wassermann test for diagnosis and therapy has been greatly overrated. It still remains an interesting problem for the biologists to solve, but so far their work has not been decisive enough as to enable the practicing physician to rely implicitly on the outcome of

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