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Book and New Media Reviews
February 1920


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1920;1(2):230. doi:10.1001/archderm.1920.02350020115013

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The title of this book is rather misleading as it devotes over fifty pages to the Wassermann reaction, twenty-five pages of which are taken up with technical details. Eight pages are devoted to the technic of lumbar puncture and the analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid. This, however, does not in any way detract from the value of the work, as both methods are necessarily important guides to treatment. The author's views are thoroughly in accord with the advanced ideas on the therapy of syphilis. He believes that arsenic is therapeutically superior to mercury. Arsenic frequently aborts syphilis, mercury does not. It is his belief that many of the objections to arsenic come from those who ignore the technic of its intravenous administration. Of the arsenical preparations, he prefers arsphenamin and neo-arsphenamin. In spite of the relative inferiority of galyl, he considers it an excellent antisyphilitic. Ot the two former preparations,