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August 1940


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;42(2):267-269. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490140031007

The essential facts regarding the patients observed at Bellevue Hospital after treatment with the intravenous drip method of administering massive doses of arsenical compounds have already been presented. I have no change to make in them, and I think that there is no disagreement about the facts. The more I deal with statistics, the less confident I am that they always present satisfactory pictures of the facts, but they are obviously necessary evils. Thus opinions regarding relapsing infectious syphilitic lesions and reinfections may differ, but as long as the facts are presented one can make his own statistics. It seems to me that patients lost to observation belong to the unknown and should be left there. The variables in syphilis are difficult enough without this factor, but it is legitimate to point out statistically the percentage of known good results in the total number of patients treated. To do more

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