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July 16, 1910

SYPHILIS IN INSANITY AS DETERMINED BY THE WASSERMANN REACTION

JAMA. 1910;55(3):216. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330030038013

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Abstract

Of 262 male patients from Mt. Hope Retreat, tested by the Wassermann method, a positive reaction was obtained in 58, or in 22 per cent. of the total male population. Of the 262 patients, a history of syphilis was given in only 3 per cent. of the total, and only 14 per cent. of the patients showing a positive reaction admitted having syphilis, though most of them acknowledged exposure, and having had gonorrhea; 86 per cent. of the patients with positive reactions thus denied having had syphilis at any time. On the other hand, a history of syphilis was admitted where the reaction was negative in 2.6 per cent. of the total admissions. Of the 58 positive cases, 69 per cent. of the patients have been in the institution one year and under, 12 per cent. have been there two years, and 19 per cent. have been there three years

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