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February 1972

Dermatologists and the Current VD Problems

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Arch Dermatol. 1972;105(2):297-298. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620050095030

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To the Editor.—  In 1938, I was concerned with the disinterest of the dermatologist in the visceral aspects and epidemiology of syphilis and the consequent loss of this phase of the specialty. (Arch Derm Syph37:990, 1938). Of course, many dermatologists other than Sid Olansky and some others may be happy to be rid of the nasty subspecialty.A somewhat similar situation arises now especially for other cutaneous venereal diseases. The significant comments of Robert N. Richards about modern youth (Arch Derm104: 438, 1971) should not be passed over lightly. We are seeing now, and not only in drug-oriented youth but in private patients, severe and extensive condylomata acuminata and early syphilis in the teen-ager and young adult. This was rare in private practice in the past and was but part of the striking picture gallery of the general hospital service. Our urology associates, of course, are also

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