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August 1937


Author Affiliations


From the Baltimore City Health Department and the Department of Bacteriology, University of Maryland.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1937;36(2):321-324. doi:10.1001/archderm.1937.01480020077011

The electrophoretic migration velocity of the red blood cells in syphilis constitutes the subject of this communication. A number of studies have been made of the cataphoretic velocity of the red blood cells of different normal mammals, which indicate that no apparent relationship exists between the zoological order and the acceleration of the cells in an electric field. Although the electrophoretic mobility of erythrocytes in normal human beings has been estimated frequently, only in a few instances have investigations of this character been undertaken in diseased persons.

Abramson>1 reported a short series of experiments with ten patients suffering from primary and secondary anemia but found no significant change in the velocities of the cells. In three patients with sickle cell anemia there was practically normal mobility. Extreme variations in size, shape and hemoglobin content of the cells did not influence the speed of migration. In four pregnant women at

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