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March 6, 1937


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JAMA. 1937;108(10):780-785. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780100010004

Gentlemen, the surgeon general and his aides have invited me to perform a high pressure miracle by compressing a syphilis text into thirty minutes of manuscript. I must therefore warn you that alternations of heat and frost are inevitable in such an experiment, that pressure will be enormous, and that any one who leaves the caisson during the presentation will be seized not with the "bends" but with the "whoopees." As the performer of the experiment, allow me to hope that the product will read hot, and the experiment not end in frost.

PROBLEM I. THE CHIEF AND HIS CLINIC  The League of Nations investigation brought to the dignity of statistical demonstration the fact that clinics, widely regarded as the chief instruments for the control of syphilis, are so inefficiently run the world over that 20 per cent of their early syphilis material has not received even the minimum of

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