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June 8, 1935

THE EVALUATION OF SERODIAGNOSTIC TESTS FOR SYPHILIS IN THE UNITED STATESREPORT OF RESULTS

JAMA. 1935;104(23):2083-2087. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.92760230004010
Abstract

Plans for a study of the several serologic tests and modifications of preexisting methods developed in this country for the diagnosis of syphilis have already been published.1 The purpose of this study was to determine the reliability of the several serodiagnostic methods used in the United States. The project has been sponsored by the U. S. Public Health Service at the request of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. A committee consisting of two syphilologists, two clinical pathologists and one officer of the Public Health Service was appointed by the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service to organize and conduct the evaluation study. This work has been completed.

In general, the results achieved are a great credit to the participating serologists. The investigation has followed, as far as possible, the conditions met in ordinary practice. Twelve hundred specimens of blood and spinal fluid were

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