oa South African Medical Journal - A Wassermann survey on an unselected group of Bantu hospital out-patients : with some remarks on the Wassermann test
The results of a Wassermann survey of 822 Bantu hospital out-patients are presented. One hundred and forty (17%) gave a positive reaction. Of the 62 patients who came for a second confirmatory test the result was again positive in 59. The remaining 78 escaped observation.Only a small number (four) proved to be suffering from syphilis in an early infectious stage. There was one case of congenital syphilis. and one case of neurosyphilis; the remainder were suffering from late and 'latent' syphilis. The number of positive reactions in the 'married' group far exceeded those found in the 'single' group. This excess was not due to the fact that the former category contained a significant number of husbands and wives. Some observations on the Wassermann test are appended.
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