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January 15, 1938

Syphilis: The Next Great Plague to Go

JAMA. 1938;110(3):234. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790030068032

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Dr. Fishbein has written a booklet that contains a tremendous amount of factual data. He believes that with proper utilization of the knowledge now at hand it would be possible to stamp out the disease entirely. "Whether or not this result will be accomplished depends on the extent to which the people are willing to cooperate with their doctors and health departments." After a brief historical review of the discovery of the causal spirochete he discusses the progress against syphilis, emphasizing the importance of the Wassermann test, the examination of the spinal fluid and the discovery of the arsphenamines, also touching on the experimental work of culture and transmission of the disease to the lower animals. The third chapter, on the prevention of syphilis in the prospective mother and in the child, is important and contains information which unfortunately is often not possessed by the general practitioner and other physicians

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