Much work has been done in the study of cholesterol, and many investigators have reported their findings in various diseases, among them syphilis.
We undertook the study of cholesterol in syphilis because a large number of patients in whom the only symptom is a positive Wassermann reaction with the cholesterinized antigen are continually seen by us in office and hospital practice, with all other evidence of a syphilitic infection absent. At the present time, the consensus of opinion of most of the investigators seems to place all these patients in the syphilitic group.
Our present studies are concerned with the cholesterol content of whole blood. This lipin is found to vary in normal persons depending on age, type of food ingested, and the physiologic activity of the organs of digestion and excretion. The normal range is still debatable, but is accepted by most investigators as being from 140 to 180