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September 5, 1936


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From the University of Virginia Department of Medicine From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, University of Virginia Department of Medicine. The data and results shown are in large measure due to the energy and tact of two former residents in this service, Dr. W. A. Brumfield Jr. and Dr. E. E. Barksdale.

JAMA. 1936;107(10):784-786. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.92770360007009b

The epidemiology of a disease includes a study, first, of all the factors having to do with its transmission and, secondly, of all the means available for preventing its being conveyed to others. No attempt is made in this paper to present a complete discussion of the epidemiology of syphilis. Some medical measures practical in their application are outlined.

Syphilis is a rapidly spreading and widely prevalent disease. The United States Public Health Service estimates that there were 518,000 new cases of syphilis in this country in 1934. Syphilis is then rapidly spreading. These new cases added to the older ones certainly make it a widely prevalent disease. History shows, though, that at one time syphilis spread in a more wholesale fashion, affecting seriously by marked external and clinical manifestations large populations. Now it spreads more insidiously but nevertheless surely. There is evidence that it still advances mainly by small