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August 10, 1935


JAMA. 1935;105(6):409-411. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760320011005

All the case records of patients with congenital syphilis seen in the Harriet Lane Dispensary of the Johns Hopkins Hospital from its opening in 1914 until June 1934 have been studied, with special emphasis on the end results of treatment. There were 991 patients in all, of whom 621 had early congenital syphilis and 370 the late form. An arbitrary dividing line of two years of age is made between the early and late groups. In the study of the therapeutic results, no patient was included unless he had been followed for at least two years. Many had been under treatment and observation for as long as fifteen years. Babies remain under the care of the obstetric service until they are 2 weeks old, and all patients in the Harriet Lane Dispensary on reaching the age of 15 years are transferred with their records to the adult clinic regardless of

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