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June 1932

Die Wassermannsche Reaktion in ihrer Bedeutung für die spezielle Pathologie und Therapie der Syphilis.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1932;25(6):1183. doi:10.1001/archderm.1932.01450021219028

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This is a 170 page monograph, which thoroughly covers the subject matter indicated by the title. The work is based on a study of 180,000 tests, with occasional case citations and frequent references to the work of other investigators. There is appended a full bibliography. The first chapter deals with specificity, elaborating on the disorders and circumstances in which nonspecific positive reactions may be obtained, and emphasizes the importance of proper interpretation of reactions and of careful technic. There is then a consideration of the character of the reactions and their significance in the various stages and manifestations of syphilis. The author does not favor the unscientific grouping, for therapeutic purposes, of seronegative and seropositive cases. The significance of changes in the spinal fluid in all stages and phases of syphilis is also taken up, and in the consideration of tertiary syphilis, the variability of the Wassermann reaction, when

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