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To the Editor:
—This week I was approached by one who styles himself a chemist asking me to instruct him in the Wassermann reaction. The following copy of the reply which I mailed to him is self-explanatory:
"My Dear Sir:
Your inquiry yesterday, in regard to my willingness in teaching you the details of the Wassermann reaction, has received the most earnest consideration by me. Heretofore I have refused no one who wished to know this work. All such applicants, however, have been physicians.Personally I should like to teach each one who is interested. The prevalent opinion in Germany to-day is that only trained serologists should do this work. In a recent number of the Münchener med. Wochenschrift, K. Taege asserts that only his ability as a physician has enabled him to interpret difficult reactions, made by himself, satisfactorily in given cases.To avoid being personal and prejudiced in
Berghausen O. Who Should Apply the Wassermann Test? JAMA. 1911;LVI(19):1411. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560190039020
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