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May 7, 1927


Author Affiliations

Atlantic City, N. J. Director of Laboratories, Atlantic City Hospital

JAMA. 1927;88(19):1503. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680450047033

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To the Editor:  —The communication of Dr. A. V. Greaves (The Journal, March 19) deserves discussion. Like all interested in the study of syphilis, I have followed the developments of recent years affecting methods for its serologic investigation, both the evolution of refinements in Wassermann technic and the evolution of the Kahn flocculation test. I agree with Dr. Greaves that "in scientific medicine we must at all cost to our feelings follow our conclusions as far as they will take us without allowing sentiment to stand in the way." This is a fortunate phraseology, but I cannot avoid the impression that many of the recent communications are concerned, not with the applicability of the Kahn test to the serologic study of syphilis or to its diagnosis, but rather with a sometimes more than tepid discussion as to whether or not all other means of study shall be immediately discarded in

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