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May 13, 1911

Who Should Apply the Wassermann Test?

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JAMA. 1911;LVI(19):1411. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560190039020

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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

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