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August 7, 1937

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JAMA. 1937;109(6):437. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780320039018

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SERODIAGNOSTIC TESTS FOR SYPHILIS IN STATE LABORATORIES  Elsewhere in this issue (page 425) appears the Report of the Committee on Evaluation of Serodiagnostic Tests for Syphilis. It is a comparative study of efficiency of the performance of serodiagnostic tests for syphilis in thirty-nine state laboratories. Four private laboratories were used as controls. A study of the tables and graphs obtained from the sixty-nine serologic performances on each specimen of blood submitted revealed the fact that some of the state laboratories are qualified neither to perform efficient diagnostic service nor to inaugurate any system of licensure involving approval of local laboratories within their respective states. In many states, however, the efficiency of the performance of the tests was maintained at a high level. It was also evident that the routine employment of a single serodiagnostic test, even though performed by competent workers, is occasionally unreliable. The recommendations of the committee should

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