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Symposium on Syphilis |

A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE LUETIN AND WASSERMANN REACTIONS IN INFANCY AND CHILDHOOD

L. R. DeBUYS, M.D.; J. A. LANFORD, M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1916;XII(4):387-394. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1916.04110160056006.
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In studying the symptoms of congenital syphilis, it is noted that many of the classical symptoms exist in cases which are not syphilitic, and the reverse is also true that cases of syphilis are seen with but few of the classical symptoms. For some time in observing these symptoms one of us (DeBuys) has been impressed with the necessity of using every means available to recognize syphilis early so that the individual may be given the best possible chance in life. In a previous study1 with the Wassermann reaction before the luetin test was given us by Noguchi, it was shown how the tests compared when made in both mother and child. There were some irregularities which could not then be explained. It is highly probable that many of the irregular cases with negative Wassermann reaction, if they had been examined by means of the luetin reaction, would have

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