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April 17, 1920


JAMA. 1920;74(16):1102-1103. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620160042010

Under the auspices of the Medical Research Committee, established under the British National Health Insurance Act, numerous investigations have been made of scientific problems affecting the health and the life of the people. Already more than fifty special reports have been issued. The committee considered that the national and racial importance, no less than the scientific interest of the problems relating to syphilis, were a matter for early investigation, and several reports have been issued in this connection. In a previous report1 of the Special Committee on Pathologic Methods, the diagnostic value of the Wassermann test was considered. The clinical opinion of a well-known syphilologist was compared in a given set of cases with the results obtained by the Wassermann reaction as performed by four expert serologists working independently. The results were found to be in the closest accordance with the clinical opinion.

In a recent report2 the

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