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November 22, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(21):755-758. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410470019002

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Some Practical Points in the Treatment of Syphilis.  Dr. R. W. Taylor thinks it impossible to over-estimate the great advance made in the treatment of this disease by establishing the fact that small doses given over long periods was more radically curative than the old time heroic dosage, or of the three to six months' courses. He then refers to the advantage of the hypodermic method of administration. The hope of aborting the disease gives rise to two methods, —the first, that of excision of the chancre; and the second, by active mercurial dosage during the primary period of the disease. Both methods have been found useless. He does not begin the mercurial treatment until the beginning of the secondary stage. The three systems of treating syphilis now in vogue are as follows: The expect ant, or symptomatic; the continuous, or so-called tonic treatment; and the treatment by interrupted

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