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Editorials Abstract IT MAY seem strange to some of our readers that a journal which but recently dropped the name syphilology from its title should now devote an entire issue to the subject of syphilis. However, this month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Wassermann test. The announcement of the test in 1906 by Wassermann, Neisser, and Bruck exerted such a profound effect upon mankind that the Archives deemed it altogether fitting to devote a special commemoration number to the occasion. Among the contributors are men who have been in the fortunate position to observe at first hand the direct effects of the discovery. They were invited to comment upon them and to reminisce a bit. They have done so graciously and most interestingly, and the members of the Editorial Board are deeply grateful to them for their cooperation. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE WASSERMANN TEST TO MANKIND SYPHILIS References 1. Buret, F.: Syphilis in Ancient and Modern Times , Translated by A. H. Ohmann-Dumesnil, Philadelphia, F. A. Davis Company, 1891. 2. Scheube, B.: Zur Geschichte der Syphilis , Arch. Path. Anat. 91:448, 1883.Crossref 3. Cole, H. N.; Harkin, J. C.; Kraus, B. S., and Moritz, A. R.: Pre-Columbian Osseous Syphilis , A. M. A. Arch. Dermat. 71:231, 1955.Crossref 4. Williams, H. U.: Origin and Antiquity of Syphilis: The Evidence from Diseased Bones , Arch. Path. 13:779 and 931, 1932. 5. Hunt, C. B.: Radiocarbon Dating in The Light of Stratigraphy and Weathering Processes , Sc. Month. 81:240, 1955. 6. Metchnikoff, E., and Roux, E.: Études expérimentales sur la syphilis , Ann. Inst. Pasteur 1903 ( (10) ) 17:809, 1903 7. 18:1 and 657, 1904 8. 19: 673, 1905 9. 20:785, 1906 10. Bordet, J., and Gengou, O.: Sur l'Existence de substances sensibilatrices dans la plupart des serums antimicrobiennes , Ann. Inst. Pasteur 15:289, 1901. 11. Wassermann, A.; Neisser, A., and Bruck, C.: Eine serodiagnostische Reaktion bei Syphilis , Deutsche med. Wchnschr. 32:745, 1906.Crossref 12. Schaudinn, F.: Zur Kenntniss der Spirochaete pallida , Deutsche med. Wchnschr. 31:1665, 1905.Crossref 13. Schaudinn, F., and Hoffmann, E.: Über Spirochaetenbefunde im Lymphdrüsensaft Syphilitischer , Deutsche med. Wchnschr. 31:711, 1905.Crossref 14. Bruusgaard, E.: Über das Schicksal der nicht spezifisch behandelten Luetiker , Arch. Dermat. u. Syph. 157:309, 1929.Crossref 15. Klebs, E.: Über Syphilis Impfung bei Thieren und die Natur des syphilitischen Contagiums , Allg. Wien. med. Ztg. 23:18, 1878. 16. Nelson, R. A., Jr., and Mayer, M. M.: Immobilization of Treponema Pallidum in Vitro by Antibody Produced in Syphilitic Infection , J. Exper. Med. 89:369, 1949.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png A.M.A. Archives of Dermatology American Medical Association

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10.1001/archderm.1956.01550050001001
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Abstract IT MAY seem strange to some of our readers that a journal which but recently dropped the name syphilology from its title should now devote an entire issue to the subject of syphilis. However, this month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Wassermann test. The announcement of the test in 1906 by Wassermann, Neisser, and Bruck exerted such a profound effect upon mankind that the Archives deemed it altogether fitting to devote a special commemoration number to the occasion. Among the contributors are men who have been in the fortunate position to observe at first hand the direct effects of the discovery. They were invited to comment upon them and to reminisce a bit. They have done so graciously and most interestingly, and the members of the Editorial Board are deeply grateful to them for their cooperation. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE WASSERMANN TEST TO MANKIND SYPHILIS References 1. Buret, F.: Syphilis in Ancient and Modern Times , Translated by A. H. Ohmann-Dumesnil, Philadelphia, F. A. Davis Company, 1891. 2. Scheube, B.: Zur Geschichte der Syphilis , Arch. Path. Anat. 91:448, 1883.Crossref 3. Cole, H. N.; Harkin, J. C.; Kraus, B. S., and Moritz, A. R.: Pre-Columbian Osseous Syphilis , A. M. A. Arch. Dermat. 71:231, 1955.Crossref 4. Williams, H. U.: Origin and Antiquity of Syphilis: The Evidence from Diseased Bones , Arch. Path. 13:779 and 931, 1932. 5. Hunt, C. B.: Radiocarbon Dating in The Light of Stratigraphy and Weathering Processes , Sc. Month. 81:240, 1955. 6. Metchnikoff, E., and Roux, E.: Études expérimentales sur la syphilis , Ann. Inst. Pasteur 1903 ( (10) ) 17:809, 1903 7. 18:1 and 657, 1904 8. 19: 673, 1905 9. 20:785, 1906 10. Bordet, J., and Gengou, O.: Sur l'Existence de substances sensibilatrices dans la plupart des serums antimicrobiennes , Ann. Inst. Pasteur 15:289, 1901. 11. Wassermann, A.; Neisser, A., and Bruck, C.: Eine serodiagnostische Reaktion bei Syphilis , Deutsche med. Wchnschr. 32:745, 1906.Crossref 12. Schaudinn, F.: Zur Kenntniss der Spirochaete pallida , Deutsche med. Wchnschr. 31:1665, 1905.Crossref 13. Schaudinn, F., and Hoffmann, E.: Über Spirochaetenbefunde im Lymphdrüsensaft Syphilitischer , Deutsche med. Wchnschr. 31:711, 1905.Crossref 14. Bruusgaard, E.: Über das Schicksal der nicht spezifisch behandelten Luetiker , Arch. Dermat. u. Syph. 157:309, 1929.Crossref 15. Klebs, E.: Über Syphilis Impfung bei Thieren und die Natur des syphilitischen Contagiums , Allg. Wien. med. Ztg. 23:18, 1878. 16. Nelson, R. A., Jr., and Mayer, M. M.: Immobilization of Treponema Pallidum in Vitro by Antibody Produced in Syphilitic Infection , J. Exper. Med. 89:369, 1949.Crossref

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A.M.A. Archives of DermatologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: May 1, 1956

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