Medicine: Penicillin for Paresis

Penicillin, so miraculously effective against early syphilis that the disease's late, crippling stages need never develop, is also effective in many cases where brain damage results from failure to get prompt treatment, 13 researchers in seven cities reported in the Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry. If the paresis is not too far advanced, 80% of victims can return to work after massive penicillin treatment. In most cases it makes the "fever cure" unnecessary.


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