“Found: A One Day Cure for Syphilis”

In the Reader’s Digest for September appears an article by Paul de Kruif entitled “Found: A One Day Cure for Syphilis,” heralded by the editors of that periodical as “the medical sensation of the year.” In this article Mr. de Kruif states that “now there actually is promise of a one day cure.” He asserts without, of course, any basis in fact that “the standard eighteen month course of treatment is too painful, too dangerous, too prolonged for the mass cure of early syphilis.” After describing certain experiments conducted by Drs. Walter M. Simpson, H. Worley Kendell and Donald L. Rose in the Miami Valley Hospital, he concludes: