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May 1929

THE WASSERMANN REACTION: AS A ROUTINE TEST IN HOSPITAL PRACTICE

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1929;19(5):737-749. doi:10.1001/archderm.1929.02380230027003
Abstract

In presenting these statistics before the medical profession at large, we fully realize the relatively slight value that such statistical analyses afford. Statistics, as a whole, are misleading, but it is our purpose to impress the medical profession with the value of routine Wassermann reactions, in both office and hospital practice.

Before presenting statistics as to the frequency of syphilis in the Swedish Hospital, a review will be given of some of the literature. Before the Wassermann reaction was introduced, there was but little index as to the prevalence of syphilis in communities, in hospitals or among various classes of people. It has always been considered a common disease, but an approach to exact figures was neither available nor possible, especially in the United States. With the advancement of a more reliable means of diagnosis by laboratory methods, the ideas of the medical profession on this subject have been revolutionized.

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