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October 1932


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Am J Dis Child. 1932;44(4):718-727. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950110020002

Three years before this writing, one of us (E. D. A.1) in a preliminary report on this subject attempted to prove, by comparisons of weight, the value of early treatment in babies born of mothers believed to be syphilitic. Since the completion of that first report an additional number of patients have been treated and followed up for periods of from four months to over four years. Our present results tend to bear out our former contention, namely, that immediate postnatal treatment of all babies born of syphilitic mothers who have had little or no prenatal antisyphilitic treatment themselves results, in the great majority of cases, not only in a serologic cure but in apparently a normal and healthy child.

Our main interest since the beginning has been in those babies whose mothers have the disease in what is considered a latent form and who, at birth and perhaps

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