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July 1920

A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE OF SYPHILIS IN INFANCY AND CHILDHOODPART I

Am J Dis Child. 1920;20(1):55-74. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1920.01910250063006
Abstract

THE INCIDENCE OF SYPHILIS  The statement has recently been made1 that not a single estimate of the prevalence of syphilis in the general population can stand the test of examination. The reason is that no study has represented a fair cross section of society. The majority of the studies have been made among the sick poor and it is obviously unfair to apply such statistics to the general population. Jeans,2 from a review of the literature, estimated that in the poorer class from 10 to 20 per cent. of adult males and 10 per cent, of married women are syphilitic. Estimates among adults of the better class vary widely. McLester3 found 18 per cent, of 567 private patients seen in consultation to be syphilitic. Day and McNitt,4 in a survey of hospital admissions, found that among the well-to-do 6 per cent, had positive Wassermann reactions. This

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