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March 19, 1927


Author Affiliations

From the Johns Hopkins University Medical. Department.

JAMA. 1927;88(12):905-908. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680380029012

The debate as to the curability or noncurability of syphilis with the therapeutic means at present at our disposal is not likely to be settled soon, if by "cure" one means the eradication of every spirochete. The nature of the disease is such as to prevent one from arriving too quickly at a decision on that point. It is obvious that in the case of an infection which, when untreated, runs a course of years and even decades, a long period of observation of a group of cases will be required before the end-results of any given method of treatment can be evaluated, provided observation is restricted to clinical or histologic study alone. Thus far, observation has been restricted to such modes of study, and has yielded much valuable information; but the experimental study of syphilis has opened up another means of approach to the problem, a means which, as