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August 21, 1915

CONGENITAL SYPHILIS IN THE LIGHT OF THE WASSERMANN REACTION

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DES MOINES, IOWA

JAMA. 1915;LXV(8):682-684. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580080024009
Abstract

The Wassermann reaction has now been introduced into all civilized lands. It has been employed in millions of cases, and it is the consensus of opinion today that a positive Wassermann is practically a pathognomonic symptom of syphilis. The use of this reaction in the diagnosis and treatment of syphilis has vastly increased our knowledge concerning this protean disease. Not the least startling is the light the complement fixation test has thrown on congenital syphilis. Histologic studies and the scientific application of the Wassermann reaction have proved that many of the ideas formerly held concerning this phase of the disease were erroneous, and these brilliant advances have added much to our conception of the transmitted form of syphilis. I propose to bring out how our older ideas have been modified, and to present new facts about the latency of syphilis and its transmission into the third generation

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