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January 1923


Arch NeurPsych. 1923;9(1):134-135. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1923.02190190139013

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In attempting to review a book, it is important, first, to know its purpose. This is an intensive study of the family and social importance of syphilis. It was carried out under a grant made by the Interdepartmental Social Hygiene Board. An attempt has been made to present the subject of syphilis in its social aspects portraying the practical problems as they actually arise, and also to show that they are of more than purely medical interest. The subject is treated, first, in relation to the individual; second, as concerning the mate; third, as affecting the child; fourth, as influencing the family, and fifth, in relation to the community.

The book is fully documented, and the study is based largely on observations made at the Boston Psychopathic Hospital and in that community. The old idea that an immune woman might give birth to a syphilitic child, under what has been

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