Serologic tests for syphillis : 1955 manual
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Serologic tests for syphillis : 1955 manual

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      Serological tests for syphillis
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      This manual was prepared with the assistance of the originators of each test technique and the Serology Section, Venereal Disease Research Laboratory, Chamblee, Ga. Director, Dr. Sidney Olansky; Deputy Director, Mr. Ad Harris.

      This publication supersedes Supplements 9, 11, and 22 of The Journal of Venereal Disease Information and VD-Graphic 85.

      At the Assembly of Laboratory Directors and Serologists which met in Hot Springs, Ark., in October 1938, the Committee on the Need of Adherence to Conventional Technique in the Performance of Reliable Serologic Tests for Syphilis made the following recommendation:

      "One of the most important factors responsible for nonadherence to the originator's technique is the failure of many serologists and serologic technologiststokeepabreastofnewdevelopments. Itisimperative that obsolete methods be abandoned. One source of difficulty has been the publication of desirable new modifications in technique by the originators of reliable serologic methods in a number of journals or books, some or all of which are not read by the serologist. To over- come this deficiency, this committee recommends the publication, in complete detail, of the technical procedures to be observed in the performance of each of the reliable, evaluated serologic tests for syphilis now commonly employed in this country. It is recommended that such a publication should be issued by the United States Public Health Service in collaboration with the originators of reliable methods as a supplement to The Journal of Venereal Disease Information."

      These recommendations have been carried out by the issuance of manuals of Serologic Tests for Syphilis as Supplement 9 (1939), Supplement 11 (1940), and Supplement 22 (1949) to The Journal of Venereal Disease Information, and VD-Graphic 85 (1944). It is for the purpose of continuing these services that the Venereal Disease Research Laboratory of the U. S. Public Health Service has collab- orated with test author-serologists in assembling the data for this newmanual. SinceTheJournalofVenerealDiseaseInformationhas been discontinued, this manual is now designated as a Public Health Service publication.

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