September 19, 1942


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JAMA. 1942;120(3):226. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830380058026

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To the Editor:  As I have been quoted without permission, serious objection is taken to the recent article of Mr. Paul de Kruif "Found: A One Day Cure for Syphilis" (Reader's Digest, September 1942).First, this article is bound to dissatisfy a large number of conscientious patients suffering from syphilis. The course and the effects of the disease have been carefully explained to them by their physicians, and they have been satisfied and willing to carry out their treatment. "Everything was quiet along the Marne," and then they read or hear of this article and are greatly disturbed. Some think the physician does not know his business. They say "Here you promised to cure me and it is to take a year or more while Paul de Kruif writes I will be well after one day's treatment." Others query "What about this deadly arsenical treatment that you are giving me,

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