October 17, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(16):971. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490350027009

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Medical men everywhere will watch with interest the progress of the experiments now being conducted by Metchnikoff at the Pasteur Institute in Paris on the susceptibility of the anthropoid apes to syphilis.1 It is stated that thus far the French scientist has succeeded in producing a typical initial lesion of syphilis in one animal shipped to him from Liverpool by inoculating it with virus from a secondary syphilitic lesion in man. The celebrated syphilographer, Fournier, has examined the animal carefully and gives it as his opinion that the lesion produced is undoubtedly specific. If these statements are verified, it must be granted that a most important step forward has been made in our knowledge of this most ancient and prevalent disease; for the experience of the last few years has taught us that one of the first desiderata for the successful study of an infectious disease is to be

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