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August 19, 1916


Author Affiliations

Instructor in Obstetrics and Pathology, University of Illinois, College of Medicine; Associate in Experimental Medicine, University of Illinois, College of Medicine CHICAGO

From the Departments of Experimental Medicine and of Obstetrics, University of Illinois, College of Medicine.

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(8):574-579. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590080024010

In consideration of this subject it was thought advisable to discuss it under three main headings: (1) its value from a sociologic point of view; (2) its value from a medical point of view; and (3) theoretical serologic considerations.

VALUE OF WASSERMANN TEST FROM A SOCIOLOGIC POINT OF VIEW  Under the first caption we primarily consider the case of the mother who may or may not have a dependent family. She may be, but usually is not, aware of the fact that she has the disease. This state of affairs is dependent on several causes. In the first place, many more women than men contract the disease innocently, and therefore are much more apt to ascribe its manifestations to other causes.Second, the initial lesion is usually within the vagina and causes relatively little discomfort. Gaucher1 has shown that in 33 per cent, of pregnant and 37 per cent.