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January 28, 1911

Die Wassermann'sche Reaktion. Mit besonderer Berücksichtigung ihrer klinischen Verwertbarkeit.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(4):292-293. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560040060041

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In his preface, Professor Wassermann emphasizes the fact that the results given by Boas correspond very closely with the results obtained by himself. The technical reliability of the results published by Boas would seem to be well established and the conclusions drawn on the basis of the results thus obtained consequently acquire great force. The conviction arises, as one looks over these results, that at the present time repeated Wassermann tests are necessary in order to determine whether the patient really is cured or whether he simply has passed into a stage of latency, and that persistent positive reactions indicate the presence of spirochetes. If full advantage is taken of the test, large numbers of cases of latent syphilis should be discovered and the patients probably cured; the great benefit thus obtainable is easily understood when we call to mind the number of women who know nothing of their syphilitic

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