Salvarsan


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Salvarsan

 

(also 606, Ehrlich 606), a medicinal antisyphili-tic preparation. It was synthesized in 1907 by the German scientists P. Ehrlich and A. Bertheim. The creation of salvarsan led to the establishment of chemotherapy. Salvarsan was only discovered after a prolonged period of research; it was the 606th in a series of tested preparations, from which its second name is derived. In 1909, Ehrlich and his student, the Japanese scientist S. Hata, successfully used salvarsan in treating syphilis. In modern medical practice salvarsan serves as the initial product in the manufacture of the antisyphilitic preparations myarsenol and neosalvarsan.

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One of the early chemicals developed by Ehrlich which was both remarkably nontoxic to humans and remarkably toxic against a number of treponemal diseases (including syphilis and yaws) was the arsenical compound, Salvarsan arsphenamine, which was also called the "magic bullet".
Finally, and most alarmingly, Everybody's Family Doctor advises people with warts to drink poison: Internally, arsenic in small doses, Epsom salts, or green iodine of mercury will sometimes produce a cure; and the injection of salvarsan (an arsenic preparation) is successful in some cases.
A simple apparatus for the intravenous (or intramuscular) injection of salvarsan.