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August 1940


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;42(2):283-284. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490140047010

Massive arsenotherapy by continuous intravenous drip seems to offer new hope for the control of syphilis and merits significant consideration by public health officers as well as by clinicians. Taking patients suffering from infectious syphilis "out of circulation," rendering a large proportion of them permanently noninfectious and even curing a number of them add to the health of the community immeasurably. Prevention of the spread of this epidemic disease is thereby assured.

The advantages of this short period of treatment from the standpoint of cost seem obvious. The effects of this type of treatment in the management of latent and late syphilis are as yet undetermined, but here again the opportunity for improvement over present methods may indeed prove a boon.

The modern syphilis control program embodies elaborate and costly machinery for case finding and case holding. A great deal of this work will at one stroke be eliminated and

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