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August 31, 1918

A CASE OF SYPHILITIC REINFECTION

JAMA. 1918;71(9):730. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26020350003010c

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Abstract

Syphilitic reinfections are of such interest and of so infrequent occurrence that I consider this case worthy of being recorded. Fortunately for the authenticity of the diagnosis, it was my privilege to observe and treat the patient throughout both infections.

M. H., a man, aged 28, consulted me in September, 1913, on account of a genital initial lesion the size of a dime. October 1, he presented a general secondary eruption, accompanied by angina, mucous patches, and involvement of the lymphatic glands. The physical signs were so typical and the diagnosis so unmistakable that it was not considered necessary to make a Wassermann test. In corroboration of the diagonsis, it will be of interest to give the history of his wife, whom he had infected.

Several weeks after the patient's infection, the wife presented a secondary papular syphilid, angina, and mucous patches. The chancre involved the whole cervix uteri. About

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