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February 5, 1916

INTRASPINAL ADMINISTRATION OF MERCURIALIZED SERUM: IN THE TREATMENT OF SYPHILIS OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM

Author Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons NEW YORK

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(6):404-407. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580320012004
Abstract

The object of this paper is to call attention to some of the work which we are doing in neurology at the City Hospital; it is not an effort to introduce a new therapeutic measure or disparage an old one. Rather, it is a record of work done. The war has made salvarsan so difficult to obtain, and its price so prohibitive, that we have been obliged to seek other means in the treatment of syphilis of the nervous system. Accordingly, last summer we tried the intraspinal administration of mercury. This paper is a recital of the treatment, and a record of the results. Such a paper can be, to my way of thinking, only in the nature of a preliminary report, for several years must elapse, and hundreds of cases must be treated and observed, before conclusions can be reached that are definite and of value. A great deal

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