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October 1945

On Modern Syphilotherapy with Particular Reference to Salvarsan

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;52(4):300. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510280084022

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In the brief space of forty-two pages Wartenberg and Gardner have brought together a condensed translation into English of one of Neisser's most important contributions to syphilotherapy. A biography and a bibliography of Neisser's works are included. This material appeared in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine (16:469-510 [Dec.] 1944).

The biographic sketch is rightly placed first and is excellently written in trenchant English. It avoids ponderosity, dwells on the highlights of Neisser's life and holds the reader's interest to the end. Neisser, however, was such an Olympian and accomplished so much in medicine that this reviewer found the sketch too brief. On page 2, third line from the top, the author states that "skin diseases were only dimly understood in the last half of the nineteenth century." This statement is entirely controverted by the fact that in the space of time mentioned (1850 to 1900)

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