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December 4, 1937

The Specificity of the Wassermann Test in Syphilis

JAMA. 1937;109(23):1934. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780490072049

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This little pamphlet reports on the accuracy of the Wassermann test with glycerinated human serum. The tests were applied to the blood serums of 306 student nurses, 206 pregnant women, 104 patients with malignant disease, 108 tuberculous patients and 106 with jaundice, and to the spinal fluids of 101 surgical patients. According to the author, the tests demonstrated a high degree of sensitivity and accuracy, although no controlled comparisons with other methods were cited.

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