The following statistics are published for two reasons: First, the Wassermann reaction has so changed our views as to syphilis in the last few years that all statistics collected previous to its use are rendered of little value. Secondly, the present figures represent cases which have been perhaps unusually carefully studied with the possibility of syphilis in mind. This disease is more common in San Francisco than in many other American cities, and for this reason clinicians in this region are constantly on the lookout for it. There are probably few outpatient dispensaries where an equal proportion of the patients have been subjected to the Wassermann reaction. For several years the children's department has observed the rule of a routine Wassermann in each case; the nerve department has demanded the reaction for almost every case, and the medical department for over half. It has recently been decided for the medical
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