HC Deb 05 March 1919 vol 113 cc439-40W

asked the President of the Local Government Board, whether he is aware of the experience of Dr. Tenison Deane, an American physician, that the Wassermann and Noguchi tests for syphilis show positive in persons recently vaccinated who have never contracted syphilis nor inherited it, and of the fact that Dr. Valentine Knaggs, L.R.C.P., M.R.C.S., subjected three tubes of calf vaccine lymph to the Wassermann test when they were found to show a strong positive reaction; and whether he will arrange for some experiments of a like character to be carried out by his medical officials?


The Board's Medical Department have not up to the present traced any published account of the experiments referred to in this question, but I shall be happy to consider any facts in regard to them which my hon. Friend will be good enough to supply.