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July 7, 1945

On Modern Syphilotherapy with Particular Reference to Salvarsan

JAMA. 1945;128(10):771-772. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860270073035

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This interesting volume is reprinted from the Bulletin of the History of Medicine (16:469 [Dec.] 1944). Our California colleagues deserve sincere appreciation for emphasizing Neisser's contributions to venereal disease control, not only with relation to gonorrhea, but also of practical advantage still in syphilis.

Albert Neisser (1855-1916) was born near Breslau, where he took his degree in medicine in 1877. Two years later in Simon's Dermatology Clinic he had isolated the micrococcus of gonorrhea, which he named the gonococcus in 1882, when he became head of the Polyclinic. After work with leprosy he became interested in syphilis and went to Java to study the experimental disease in monkeys. Here he discovered the responsible organism but had been anticipated by Schaudinn at home. In 1907 Neisser joined Wassermann in studying an application of the serum complement reaction to the diagnosis of syphilis. In 1909 Neisser worked with Ehrlich. The present

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