T. R. DAWBER, M.D.
The evaluation of positive serologic tests for syphilis is a problem which every physician must face. A diagnosis of syphilis is a serious matter, and its implications may be far reaching. Failure to start treatment in a known syphilitic as early as possible may well be grounds for malpractice. Equally serious and sometimes disastrous is a diagnosis of syphilis in some one who does not have the disease. From a public health point of view this may not be of much concern since in the general population of healthy individuals diagnostic errors due to false positive serologic reactions occur in
DAWBER TR. ON THE IMPORTANCE OF MALARIA AS A CAUSE OF FALSE POSITIVE SEROLOGIC REACTIONS1. Ann Intern Med. 1943;19:651–655. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-19-4-651
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