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December 10, 1927

Treatment of Venereal Diseases in General Practice.

JAMA. 1927;89(24):2063-2064. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690240055038

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This book is the result of the experience of a man who has undoubtedly had broad experience. The style is terse, concise and, if abrupt, much to the point. The author's appreciation of the pathologic processes involved is commendable. His views on some subjects undoubtedly will meet with opposition. On page 56 he says: "The tolerated dose of mercury salicylate is 0.005 gram per kilo of body weight or expressed in terms of pure mercury 0.0029 gram. The tolerated dose of salicylate has no curative effect." This statement cannot go unchallenged. Another such statement on page 63 is that "intravenous injections of soluble salts of mercury possess no advantages whatever, either from the therapeutic point of view or from that of convenience." The author lays down seven different routine methods of treating syphilis, depending on the stage of the disease in which the patient is when coming under observation. For

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