A diagnostic test for syphilis using a specific antibody reaction (the Wassermann reaction) of the patient’s blood serum.
- More sensitive than the Wassermann test, the Kahn test could be completed in a matter of minutes.
- A considerable volume of routine serologic work, notably Wassermann tests, was also accomplished.
- He returned to San Antonio, where he performed the first Wassermann tests in the state.
Early 20th century: named after August P. Wassermann (1866–1925), German pathologist.
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