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August 17, 1918


Author Affiliations

New York. Acting Director of Laboratories, Bellevue and Allied Hospitals.

JAMA. 1918;71(7):592. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600330090024

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To the Editor:  —In the current number of the American Journal of Syphilis, Dr. A. S. Warthin of the University of Michigan contributes an extraordinary paper on the "New Pathology of Syphilis," in which he states that, as a result of microscopic methods, he has been able to demonstrate syphilitic changes in 40 per cent, of 750 subjects examined postmortem. Assuming that the population of the state of Michigan is neither more nor less venereally unfortunate than that of other localities, Dr. Warthin's statement naturally suggests that 40 per cent. of humanity is demonstrably if not dangerously syphilized. Happily for the individual as well as for a profession that is already sufficiently if not unduly impressed by the ubiquity of syphilis, the methods by which Dr. Warthin arrived at this remarkable and disquieting conclusion are not beyond dispute, identical methods in other hands having failed to yield comparable results. For

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