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September 1, 1917

TRUTH ABOUT INTRASPINAL INJECTIONS IN TREATMENT OF SYPHILIS OF NERVOUS SYSTEM

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(9):681-683. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590360001001
Abstract

Intraspinal injections of salvarsanized serum or serum plus salvarsan in the treatment of syphilis of the nervous system is a form of antisyphilitic medication which has exercised a curious fascination over the medical man during the past few years and has gained a large number of adherents among the general medical public. This was due, first, to its very respectable parentage, and secondly, to the fact that nothing was hailed with greater satisfaction than the prospect of striking at the very root of serious disease by injecting the remedy directly into the spinal canal in almost immediate proximity to the chief seat of trouble. I was one of the earliest victims of this fascinating belief, and at the International Congress in London, stated frankly that I thought this newer method of antisyphilitic medication promised better results than anything else that had heretofore been suggested. The large experience of later years

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