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February 7, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(6):456. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660320048023

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Alleged Transmission of Syphilis to Llamas  The lay press has given much space to a paper presented by Drs. Jaureguy and Lancellotti in the Academy of Medicine. The authors asserted that they were able to transmit syphilis readily to llamas, and that it was possible to inoculate these animals through intercourse with human chancre. The animals show secondary and tertiary manifestations. Jaureguy and Lancellotti also referred to their cultures of spirochetes. Through repeated passages, they were able to secure, as they claimed, a curative serum for syphilis in the llama, and also apparently efficient for the human disease (The Journal, January 24, p. 319). With the exception that Jaureguy pushed rather ostentatiously the use of the Maragliano preparations for the treatment of tuberculosis, and belonged to an institution devoted to this purpose, but now gone out of existence, neither of the authors is known here to have done any serious

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