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September 2, 1933

Neurological Effects of Syphilis: Diagnosis and Treatment.

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By Bryan Buckley Sharp, M.D., M.R.C.P., Physician to Princess Beatrice Hospital, London. Cloth. Price, $2. Pp. 92, with 3 illustrations. New York & London: Oxford University Press, 1933.

JAMA. 1933;101(10):803. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740350061048

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This purports to cover the fields of diagnosis and treatment of neurosyphilis. It does not succeed. The author's personal familiarity with the subject is so evidently small that one wonders how he achieved the temerity to write about it. Judging from the context, he has had actual personal experience with only twenty-five or thirty neurosyphilitic patients. The book consists of a review of only 106 poorly selected titles from the enormous literature. The brief summary is in general ill chosen and entirely out of balance; for example, the manifestations and diagnosis of dementia paralytica are dismissed in fourteen lines. Malaria treatment is discussed inadequately in nine and one-half pages, while a discussion of fever therapy by means of sulphur and various proprietary remedies occupies six pages. A disproportionate amount of space is devoted to congenital neurosyphilis. The book can be of no possible value to student or physician and there

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