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February 19, 1944

A Synopsis of Clinical Syphilis

JAMA. 1944;124(8):540. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850080068032

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A celebrated British physician of a past generation once stated that he wrote a book on dermatology in order to learn more about the specialty. Incidentally, the book later ran through many editions. Perhaps Dr. Howles had this in mind in writing this book. There is no question of there being a place in the English literature for a concise, well written, well illustrated book on syphilis. This, however, is probably not the book. Some of its features are worth while, e. g. the chapter on organization of the syphilis clinic, including its social service aspects. Many other features give the reader the idea that it has been rushed through in a hurry, and, when that is done, errors are bound to creep in and the reviewer regrets to say that these are numerous throughout the book—so numerous that it is almost impossible to point them all out in a

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