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June 28, 1930

SYPHILIS AMONG STATE PRISONERS

Author Affiliations

Columbus, Ohio. Chief Physician, Ohio Penitentiary.

JAMA. 1930;94(26):2084. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710520050022

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —I read with interest the article on "Syphilis Among State Prisoners" by Dr. L. L. Stanley, resident physician at San Quentin, Calif. (The Journal, April 13, 1929, p. 1238) and laid it aside for future reference. The catastrophe of April 21 delayed the compiling of my figures to match the article. May I place before you my statistics from the largest penitentiary in the United States relative to population?This compilation is from 2,000 men admitted from May 3, 1928, to Sept. 5, 1929; the reactions of 378, or 18.9 per cent, were recorded as positive for syphilis; 631 prisoners admitted having had a primary sore at one time or other; 1,293 admitted gonorrhea one or more times and 586 stated that they had had chancre and gonorrhea, both.Of the 378 who gave a positive reaction for syphilis, 297 were Negroes; 78 were white; 2 were

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