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May 19, 1923

PROPER COURSE FOR PROPONENTS OF NEW METHODS IN TREATING SYPHILIS

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Rochester, Minn.

JAMA. 1923;80(20):1474-1475. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640470052031

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —I have read with interest the recent reports of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association dealing with various preparations for the treatment of syphilis. I think the Council is to be congratulated on its effort to protect the field of syphilotherapeutics from objectionable types of propaganda.The problem of what is and what is not effective treatment for syphilis may, of course, be a matter for wide difference of opinion. The questions involved are undoubtedly of great complexity. There is certainly no excuse for a hidebound traditional outlook that would restrict the treatment of the disease absolutely to the orthodox arsphenamins and mercury and iodid by the older methods of administration. On the other hand, treatment for syphilis is peculiarly a field susceptible of irrational and unprincipled exploitation. The mechanism of action of the drugs even now employed, while fairly understood by

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