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July 17, 1981

Physician Recognition of the Signs and Symptoms of Secondary Syphilis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, Wayne State University, Detroit.

JAMA. 1981;246(3):250-251. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320030042028

Thirty-four patients with secondary syphilis, seen in a public clinic for sexually transmitted diseases, had been examined previously by 36 community physicians. Secondary syphilis was the primary diagnosis by 14 (39.9%) of the 36 physicians and was included in the differential diagnosis by five others (13.9%). Twelve (33.3%) had not considered syphilis but did obtain a routine serological test that eventually led to the correct diagnosis. Five other physicians (13.9%) failed to include syphilis in the diagnosis and did not order serological tests.

(JAMA 1981;246:250-251)