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February 1963

A Short Manual of Venereal Diseases and Treponematosis

Arch Dermatol. 1963;87(2):281. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590140143027

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The second edition of this book is a fairly short, concise, and thorough treatment of the field of venereal disease. It covers syphilis, to which the greater part of the book is devoted, gonorrhea, vaginal discharges, lymphogranuloma venereum, granuloma inguinale, genital warts, genital sores, and treponematoses. It contains 18 color photographs and illustrations; 70 black and white.

The authors stress the importance of early diagnosis of syphilis, and they discuss some of the specific serological tests, e.g., the Treponema Pallidum Immobilization (TPI), the Treponema Pallidum Immune Adherence, the Treponema pallidum Complement Fixation, and the Fluorescent Treponemal Antibody (FTA) tests. They point out that the TPI is of "the greatest value in elucidating anomalous conventional STS and in detecting biological false positive reactors," but they also remark that live treponemes must be used and that the test is very expensive. They feel that the FTA may provide the answer to the

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