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February 27, 1937


JAMA. 1937;108(9):728-729. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780090040014

Two years ago an evaluation was made of serodiagnostic tests for syphilis and modifications of such tests as had been originally described by serologists in the United States.1 On the basis of specificity and sensitivity, the original tests as performed by the workers who described them were found to be efficient as laboratory procedures in the detection of syphilis. In the first study consideration was not given to the adaptability of the various tests as they might be performed by workers in state and local laboratories.

Recently the second report of the Committee on Evaluation of Serodiagnostic Tests for Syphilis has been published.2 In it is described a project in which the directors of thirty state, municipal and private laboratories undertook fifty-one performances of nineteen separate serodiagnostic methods. Eight of these methods were those described by serologists who had participated in the first study to evaluate original tests.