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February 26, 1938

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JAMA. 1938;110(9):655-656. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790090037015

SYPHILIS AND GONORRHEA IN SWEDEN  In 1913 the number of new cases of gonorrhea reported in Sweden was 10,271 and of syphilis 1,941. Up to 1918 both diseases increased and in this year there were 16,626 cases of gonorrhea and 4,006 of syphilis. New laws for control then came into effect, but in 1919 the increase continued with 20,651 cases of gonorrhea and 5,976 of syphilis. From that time, however, the number of cases of syphilis has fallen more or less steadily until only 356 new cases of syphilis were reported in 1936. Gonorrhea, after decreasing abruptly in 1920 to 14,894 (largely the result probably of the ending of the war), remained approximately stationary (11,957 cases in 1936) in spite of the rapid drop in the frequency of syphilis. The failure of gonorrhea to decrease is probably partially due, as Forssman has pointed out, to defective diagnosis and lack of

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