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June 1994

Some Common Mistakes in the Treatment of Syphilis.—

Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(6):814. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690060152035
Abstract

Dr. GEORGE H. FOX read a paper on this subject. Many physicians, Dr. Fox said, hold to the belief that syphilis is an incurable disease. On the contrary, the disease in every case tends to run a natural course and get well of itself. If a patient suffering from syphilis inherits a sound constitution and takes care of himself, the prognosis is extremely favorable even though no treatment whatever is adopted. With the methods of treatment at our command, no disease furnishes such good results.

Another common mistake arises from the belief that mercury and potassium iodide are practically the only remedies we have at our command in the treatment of syphilis....

Dr. C. W. ALLEN said that some cases of syphilis are of so mild a character that they would probably get well without much treatment, but taking all cases together, we cannot regard the disease as a selflimited one, and the propagation of such a view is likely to do harm....

Dr. P. A. MORROW said there is no doubt in his mind that if we study the natural course of syphilis, unmodified by treatment, we must come to the conclusion that it is a self-limited disease....

Dr. J. A. FORDYCE said that in his opinion the greatest mistake we can make in the treatment of syphilis is to regard it as a benign disease....

Dr.FULLER said he agreed with Dr. Fordyce that syphilis should be regarded as a severe rather than as a benign disease....

Dr. W. K. OTIS said he did not think we have any remedies for syphilis at our command excepting mercury and potassium iodide. He regards syphilis as a self-limited disease in every instance....

J Cutan Genito-Urin Dis. June 1894;12:267-270.

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