Though a disease may spring suddenly into prominence, it is not always certain that there is an actual increase in its prevalence. In recent years the importance of syphilis of the aorta in the production of a variety of clinical pictures has been emphasized with increasing frequency. Probably this is due to the great advances that have been made in the methods of detecting syphilis, particularly the discovery of the causal organism and the perfecting and wide use of the complement fixation test.
Physicians generally have not realized the frequency and importance of syphilitic aortitis. Recognition of the disease at the earliest possible moment is essential because of the necessity for prompt and energetic treatment. Recent figures cited by Schrumpf1 indicate the frequency with which syphilitic aortitis occurs. Of more than 4,000 syphilitic males included in the report, about 10 per cent. presented definite evidence of syphilis of the
SYPHILITIC AORTITIS. JAMA. 1919;73(21):1615. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610470051016
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