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April 20, 1963


JAMA. 1963;184(3):249. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700160125024

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Syphilis.  —At a meeting of the Société Médicale des Hôpitaux de Paris, R. Degos and O. Delzant emphasized the present increase in primary syphilis. In continental France, there were 1,348 fresh cases in 1957 (993 of them in the Seine Département); 3,610 were counted in 1961 (2,033 of them in the Seine Départment). These figures cover only declared cases, but a large number of cases were not reported from private practice, despite the law of 1942 on compulsory declaration; others were not diagnosed. Other statistics on primary and secondary cases of syphilis from the outpatient clinic of the St. Louis Hospital at Paris showed 239 cases in 1938, 74 in 1954, 171 in 1960, and 253 in 1961. In these statistics only 5% of indurated genital chancres were found in women. This means that primary lesions are very often not recognized in women, and this is one of the likely

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