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August 1940

The Malarial Therapy of General Paralysis and Other Conditions

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;42(2):398. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490140162028

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This small volume is designed to give information to the interested reader on the use of malaria in the treatment of dementia paralytica and allied conditions. In part this demand is satisfied.

At the Florida Hospital the sexual type of malarial parasite is preferred. Consequently 8 pages are devoted to the cultivation of the anopheline mosquito. Such a procedure would hardly be used in most parts of the United States. Not only is it too complicated, but sexual transmission is longer drawn out and requires more hospital days. Altogether the procedure is more expensive. The method advised at the Florida Hospital is to allow spontaneous remission of the disease rather than the use of quinine—the quartan type of malaria is used there. This advice would hardly be tenable generally. Certainly if this procedure were the custom at clinics where the tertian strain is used, there would be grave danger of

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