Salvarsan does not have the effect at first heralded. It is not the therapia magna sterilisans which at one blow effects the destruction of all the spirochetes in the blood-stream. To be sure, in certain cases, but these I believe to be very few, it causes a complete disappearance of symptoms, which seems to be permanent. In certain other cases salvarsan exerts a remarkable influence, but the results are often only temporary. As judged by the effect on the Vassermann reaction, Salvarsan is not of and by itself sufficient to produce an enduring serologic cure. The accompanying tabulated results are transcribed, for the greater part, from my protocol of Wassermann reactions done in the First Dermatologic Clinic, Vienna, during last fall. The other cases are all my own, observed and studied in chicago.
An examination of the accompanying table shows the following results in the various stages of syphilis under
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