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February 1969

NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MEDICINE DEPARTMENT OF DERMATOLOGY AND SYPHILOLOGY

Arch Dermatol. 1969;99(2):240-249. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610200112019

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Abstract

Secondary Syphilis With Unusual Clinical and Laboratory Findings. Presented by L. Biro, MD; E. G. Kuflik, MD; and A. Hill, MD.  This 52-year-old man was in good health until March 1967, when he developed fever, malaise, sore throat, and a skin eruption on the chest. He was treated for this by his physician with tetracycline (Achromycin) (1 gm daily for three days); all symptoms abated except for the skin eruption which progressed to the arms and legs. In addition, there was some loss of hair noted. His left eye had become irritated and there was an exudation.The patient's work includes the handling of paint thinners and organic solvents. He is also employed as a part-time bartender. There was no history of anogenital or oral lesions. He was admitted to the Downstate University Hospital June 12, 1967; ie, three months after the initial symptoms became evident.Family history was noncontributory.

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