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June 8, 1935


JAMA. 1935;104(23):2099-2100. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760230047014

The report of the committee on the evaluation of serodiagnostic tests for syphilis in the United States appears in this issue of The Journal.1 Facts pertaining to the serologic tests or modifications of such tests as have been described in the United States are given in detail. The committee has avoided entirely any comment on the method of any one serologist. The relative efficiency of the several tests is evident, however, if one cares to analyze the report. The study was comprehensive and the results are comparable with those attained in the conferences held some years ago under the auspices of the League of Nations in Copenhagen and Montevideo.

In the actual performance of the tests, the participating serologists were not gathered in one place to examine specimens over a short period of time. The advantage was given them of performing these examinations in their own laboratories. The evaluation

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