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December 16, 1893

PRIMARY SYPHILIS AND GONORRHEA IN CHILDREN.Read in the Section on Diseases of Children, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

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JAMA. 1893;XXI(25):923-924. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420770013001d

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In presenting this subject, I wish to call attention to the comparative infrequency with which these diseases are found in children under twelve years of age, and the tendency to overlook their characteristics; also to report the cases that I have seen bearing upon the subject.

That the Hunterian chancre is not at all times recognized, when found upon adults, there can be no question. That it is less likely to be recognized when found upon children, especially when it is found upon other parts of the body than the genitals, is a foregone conclusion. The infrequency with which this lesion is met with in children, together with the few opportunities the average practitioner has of seeing it upon any other part of the body than the genitals, is no doubt the occasion of its being so often overlooked.

These rules hold good in cases of primary gonorrhea in children.

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