ARTHUR H. RUGGLES
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Up to about fifteen years ago, psychiatry did very little that was actively preventive; its concern was largely with classification, the improvement in methods of treatment and the discussion of heredity vs. environment. With the advent of the Wasserman and the treatment of General Paresis with the arsenicals, and with the more general employment of lumbar puncture, Psychiatry learned that no case of syphilis could be considered permanently immune from neuro-syphilis unless repeated negative blood Wassermans were obtained following intensive intravenous therapy, and more especially unless it was determined over a period of at least two years following infection that
RUGGLES AH. Psychiatry's Part in Preventive Medicine1. Ann Intern Med. 1929;3:366–370. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-3-4-366
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1929;3(4):366-370.
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