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May 21, 1955

Diseases Affecting the Vulva

JAMA. 1955;158(3):237. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960030087033

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The appearance of an enlarged fourth edition indicates the continued popularity of this highly specialized book. The arrangement of the chapters is identical in all editions, but a chapter on dermatitis herpetiformis has been added. It is unfortunate that in the bibliography there are very few references to the literature of the last 5 or even 10 years. In the discussion of the treatment of syphilis, the author says, "The anti-syphilitic drugs most commonly used are preparations of arsenical organic compounds, bismuth, mercury, and potassium iodide. Penicillin must now be added to these, but though it is spirocheticidal in large doses, it has not proved effective alone but needs to be used in combination with the older anti-syphilitic drugs." In the United States, chief reliance in the therapy of syphilis is placed on penicillin. The chapters are short but contain much useful data. The advice given concerning treatment of the

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