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October 1932

CONSIDERATIONS OF PRESENT STATUS OF SEROLOGY OF SYPHILIS: THE MONTEVIDEO CONFERENCE OF THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS HEALTH COMMITTEE

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ANN ARBOR, MICH.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1932;26(4):597-607. doi:10.1001/archderm.1932.01450030596001
Abstract

In a previous article,1 I summarized the results of an international competitive conference on tests for syphilis held at Copenhagen in May, 1928, under the auspices of the Health Committee of the League of Nations.2 At that conference, the relative dependability of seven different Wassermann modifications and of seven precipitation methods was tested with approximately 1,000 serums. One of the methods stood out in specificity, sensitivity and practicability above the others. This fact, however, did not solve the problem of establishing a universal, standard method for the serum diagnosis of syphilis. Many workers undoubtedly assumed that the outstanding results of a given method even in an open competition might be due to a chance occurrence. Furthermore, soon after the Copenhagen conference, several authors announced improved modifications of their methods with claims for superiority over others, rendering the question of a most dependable test again controversial. During September,

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