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June 1, 1912

THE OCCURRENCE OF A POSITIVE WASSERMANN REACTION IN CASES OF LEAD-POISONING

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NEW YORK

From the Pathological Laboratory Bellevue Hospital, New York City.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(22):1681-1682. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060030010
Abstract

During the past year the routine Wassermann examinations in Bellevue Hospital have shown a number of cases of lead-poisoning giving a positive reaction; and for this reason we desire to call attention to the fact, though its occurrence has been noted incidentally before.

We have had twelve eases of lead-poisoning in which the blood had been sent into the laboratory for a Wassermann test,1 and of these twelve, eight were positive and four negative. Of these eight positive cases, only one gave a history of ever having contracted syphilis and in that case it was thirty years previously and the patient claimed never to have had any secondaries or tertiary lesions, His wife had had one miscarriage. Another of the eight patients had a very suggestive specific history. A woman, aged 46, a domestic, gave a history of having had one child and at least five miscarriages

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