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Article
November 3, 1917

"TRUTH ABOUT INTRASPINAL INJECTIONS IN TREATMENT OF SYPHILIS OF NERVOUS SYSTEM": A REPLY

Author Affiliations

Professor of Dermatology and Syphilology, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons NEW YORK

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(18):1482-1487. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590450002002
Abstract

An address by the chairman of the Section on Nervous and Mental Diseases, Dr. Bernard Sachs,1 was read at the Sixty-Eighth Annual Session of the American Medical Association entitled "Truth About Intraspinal Injections in Treatment of Syphilis of the Nervous System."

If the statements contained in that article are accepted by the medical profession as a final and correct judgment of this new therapeutic procedure, an enormous amount of harm will result in that numerous victims of syphilis of the nervous system will be deprived of their only chance to regain health and economic efficiency. The attempt to discredit the value of serologic examination of the spinal fluid as a diagnostic procedure and guide to treatment should not be permitted to gain credence without a word of protest. In the address in question there are several statements that are entirely at variance with the experience of my colleagues and

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