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February 28, 1891

DIGITAL SYPHILIS OF MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS.

JAMA. 1891;XVI(9):311. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410610023005

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Abstract

A correspondent in the Southern Medical Record, January, quotes Dr. Fessenden N. Otis, of New York, in regard to the occurrence of an intractable sore on the finger of a surgeon or accoucheur due to syphilis. Whenever a sluggish lesion in this situation presents itself, he always suspects specific infection, and narrates a case illustrative of some of the difficulties that surround a conclusive diagnosis. About two years ago, he chanced to be at Lakewood, where he saw a gentleman going about with his fingers wrapped up in a handkerchief. The latter gentleman was a surgeon of large practice in a Western city, and having been introduced to Dr. Otis, showed him a finger that had been troublesome for some months, dating back to the time of a certain surgical operation, in the course of which his finger had been cut with the knife. The operation was an ordinary harelip

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