The Wassermann Reaction in Malaria

J. H. St. JohnAncon Hospital, Board of Health Laboratory, Captain, Medical Corps, United States Army, Ancon, C. Z.

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Summary and Conclusions

Non specific positive reactions were obtained in 4.9 per cent of a total of 101 cases of acute malaria.

Chronic malaria, in the small number reported (16) did not interfere with the Wassermann reaction.

The occurrence of non-specific reactions in malaria is believed to be due to the presence of an undetected increase in the anticomplementary factor.

I wish to thank the physicians and nurses of Ancon Hospital for their patient coöperation in this study.