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January 12, 1918


Author Affiliations

Dallas, Texas

JAMA. 1918;70(2):86. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26010020004010f

In 1916 Thompson1 reported a case of complete syphilitic alopecia, and stated that the textbooks either fail to mention the disease or dismiss it as being rare. Abraham and Davis2 have stated that a few cases have come under their observation. In 1900 a case was presented by Chambers3 before the Toronto Clinical Society.

In view of the medicolegal aspect of the case in hand and exceedingly limited number of similar cases to be found in medical literature, I desire to report the following case.

History.  —G. H., a section laborer for several years, aged 49, white, and single, entered the Santa Fe Hospital, Temple, Texas, April 8, 1915, complaining of slight cough and some pain in the right side of the chest. The family history was negative. The patient stated that he had had typhoid fever, measles, mumps and whooping cough when a boy, and smallpox