Medicine: Bismuth Drink

Last week Professor Paul John Hanzlik, a San Francisco pharmacologist who has long tried to dissolve bismuth in some fluid which syphilitics may swallow, announced success. His success implied a more comfortable method of treating the estimated 508,000 new cases of this venereal disease which develop in the U. S. each year.

Bismuth and mercury, both heavy metals, and arsenic, a light metallike element, have destructive effects upon the twirling spirochete which causes syphilis. In the usual modern treatment some compound of arsenic, such as Neosalvarsan, is used as the main weapon, some form...

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