The composition of Ehrlich's salvarsan: resolution of a century-old debate.


In 1910, Ehrlich introduced the compound 3-amino-4hydroxyphenylarsenic(i) (salvarsan, arsphenamine, or Ehrlich 606) as a remedy for syphilis, a disease caused by the spirochaete bacterium Treponema pallidum. His methodical search for a specific curative for an identified disease can be regarded as the introduction of targeted chemotherapy. Despite its long… (More)

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