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November 1941

Congenital Syphilis

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;44(5):981-982. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01500050211031

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Abstract

If congenital syphilis is ever to be eradicated it will be done only through the combined effort of members of several branches of medicine, including internists, obstetricians, pediatricians and general practitioners, as well as dermatologists. This volume is of particular value because it points out the part each specialty can play in the elimination of this disease.

The book is divided into twenty logical chapters which discuss the examination of the syphilitic infant, serologic reactions (in which a splendid approach is made to the problem of "syphilotoxemia") and syphilis of pregnancy and separate chapters describing congenital syphilis as it affects the eyes, bones and joints, the central nervous system and the viscera. It is properly pointed out that with modern methods of diagnosis and treatment no woman should bear a syphilitic baby.

The problem of uncovering latent congenital syphilis is dealt with in a thorough manner. The reviewer agrees enthusiastically

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