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March 1933

Syphilis héréditaire du système nerveux.

Arch NeurPsych. 1933;29(3):679-680. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1933.02240090249020

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This book deserves the careful consideration of members of the medical profession who have more than a passing knowledge of the subject. It gives evidence of careful thought and broad personal experience. Babonneix has collected a great many cases, many of his own and others from the experience of his associates. In his mode of presentation of the subject, Babonneix harks back to the Greek models; in the best Socratic method, he poses his questions: for example, the first heading is, "L'hérédo-syphilis nerveuse existe-t-elle?" Then follows, as it were, a debate giving first the affirmative, then the negative, followed by the author's own conclusions, which are usually quite diffident.

His attitude toward the subject of congenital syphilis and its effects is reminiscent of the attitude of the younger Fournier and Tarnowski toward third generation syphilis. The conditions that Babonneix discusses in relation to congenital syphilis include infantile hemiplegia, Little's disease,

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