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November 10, 1962

Syphilis, Modern Diagnosis and Management

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Anonymous. Pp. 63, U.S. Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare, Public Health Service Publication No. 743, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington 25, D.C., 1960. $2.

JAMA. 1962;182(6):704. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050450104034

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In 63 small pages of type arranged in an easily readable style and with 43 good color illustrations, modern knowledge of syphilis has been well summarized. Each stage of the disease is described succinctly and with the authority of thorough understanding and experience. Undoubtedly this is a reflection of the assistance of Sidney Olansky and Evan W. Thomas as acknowledged in the book.

William J. Brown, Chief of the Venereal Disease Branch of the Communicable Disease Center, in the foreword, calls attention to the reversal in 1955 of the decline of syphilis. Since 1958, the incidence of infectious early syphilis in many communities has doubled each year, although there has not been a parallel increase in the number of reported cases of gonorrhea.

One thing that can be done to reduce the resurgence of syphilis is to teach the basic facts of the disease to medical students and house staff.

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