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January 3, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(1):50-51. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660270054023

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Treatment of Tabes Dorsalis and General Paralysis  Dr. Ernest Frey, professor of mental and nervous diseases at the University of Budapest, has made extensive experiments with the new methods of treating tabes and general paralysis, and has published his experiences in a dissertation, which may be thus summarized: The latest investigations made by syphilologists have confirmed the fact that the treatment of syphilis must aim at fighting against the development of a positive Wassermann reaction. As a result of this treatment, the intruding spirochetes will perish, and there will be no danger of a latent nest of spirochetes becoming active, invading the organism and eventually causing tabes or general paralysis. Therefore, the application of energetic antisyphilitic treatment is imperatively indicated. This may be done with mercury, arsphenamin or iodids.Mercury has proved most efficacious, in incipient cases of tabes or general paralysis, in the form of inunctions. It is advisable

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