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THE PRESENT STATUS OF THERAPEUTICS AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SALVARSAN

S. J. MELTZER, M.D., LL.D.
JAMA. 1911;LVI(23):1709-1713. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560230011006.
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The value of salvarsan is being discussed at present almost exclusively by syphilographers and simply as a new remedy for syphilis. From this point of view the verdict as to its importance will depend on its efficiency as a therapeutic agent compared with that of mercury, whether it is more efficient or at least as good as that old specific remedy. General medicine, however, offers another point of vantage. Salvarsan is not simply an additional remedy for syphilis; it marks an epoch in medicine. This, I believe, will remain true, even if it be finally established that for syphilis this new remedy falls short of the old ones. Salvarsan presents a new departure and a new principle in therapeutics. It is from this point of view that I wish to make my remarks on the therapeutics of salvarsan. In order to elucidate my position, however, permit me. to present in

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