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February 20, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(8):566-567. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670340044021

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The Central Laboratory of Utrecht  The central laboratory of Utrecht has published an annual report covering its activities for 1924. Material of scientific value includes the fact that Van der Hoeden has reached the conclusion that the flocculation test of Dalla Volta and Benedetti for the diagnosis of syphilis has by no means the same value as the Wassermann or the Sachs-Georgi test. For tuberculosis, however, Van der Hoeden favors the antigen test of Besredka rather than that of Wassermann. More than 50,000 bacteriologic examinations for tuberculosis and typhoid fever were made in the laboratory. In one instance, bacilli of leprosy were discovered in a specimen of buccal granulations. One interesting research was on certain metallic elements or minute particles of glass used by cake bakers to adorn their goods. These particles produced intestinal hemorrhages in animals. Their use should, therefore, be prohibited.

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