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History of Salvarsan (Arsphenamine)

  1. John Parascandola

Published Online: 25 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003622



How to Cite

Parascandola, J. 2001. History of Salvarsan (Arsphenamine). eLS. .

Author Information

  1. US Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Maryland, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 APR 2001


The drug Salvarsan (arsphenamine) was developed and introduced as a chemotherapeutic agent against syphilis in the first decade of the twentieth century by Paul Ehrlich. Although a significant breakthrough in the treatment of syphilis at the time, it was eventually replaced by penicillin.


  • chemotherapy;
  • Ehrlich;
  • pharmacology;
  • syphilis;
  • therapeutics