Since the introduction by Horsley1 in 1910 of intraspinal irrigation with mercuric chlorid solution for syphilis of the nervous system, much has been done and written on this mode of treatment; but since Swift and Ellis2 reported their technic and results with serosalvarsan injections for parasyphilis (now a misnomer) in 1912, there has been no progress as to simplification of technic. Clinical and serologic results have supported their claims as to the efficiency of the method and the freedom from danger in the hands of one who knows how. It is true that ill results have been obtained, but with the originators of the method it is the belief of men who have had any experience that the so-called later improvements and simplifications of technic have been responsible for them, and principally, I believe, the Ravaut3 method of direct injections of neosalvarsan.
It is the purpose of
SMITH LD. A COMPARISON OF THE SWIFT-ELLIS AND MODIFIED RAVAUT INTRASPINAL INJECTIONS FOR SYPHILIS OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM. JAMA. 1915;LXIV(19):1563–1566. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570450025008
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