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November 1920

News and Comment

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1920;2(5):654. doi:10.1001/archderm.1920.02350110129011

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SPIROCIDE (MERCUPRESSON)  Several physicians have written to the Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology concerning a circular that they have received extolling the virtues of "spirocide (mercupresson)," in the treatment of syphilis. Accompanying the commercial circular is a reprint by Dr. J. Lewengood reporting the results, surprising to him, which he has obtained in certain cases of syphilis by using this remedy. On examination it proves to be a combination for administering fumigations. In addition to mercury, it contains certain vegetable substances and copper. The use of vegetable substances—"alteratives"—for the efficient treatment of syphilis belongs to past days. In this preparation they are burned up anyway. If the copper were volatilized at all, it would be of no known virtue in syphilis. The treatment, therefore, reduces itself to a method of mercurial fumigation. The treatment of syphilis by fumigation can, of course, be used effectively. It was used in the dawn

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