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April 21, 1923

Syphilis of the Innocent. A Study of the Social Effects of Syphilis on the Family and the Community, with 152 Illustrative Cases.

JAMA. 1923;80(16):1170. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640430058041

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The term "innocent," as here used, applies to infections of a mate or offspring and to accidental extragenital inoculations. The work is based on the investigation of 555 families at the Boston Psychopathic Hospital, supplemented with an excellent selection of facts and figures from the literature. It is evidently designed for the use of persons interested in public welfare, and is written in language that will be intelligible to the public at large. The material is analyzed in a strikingly fair and impartial manner, with a welcome absence of exaggeration and sensationalism. This calm array of the facts in coldly scientific tabulations, with the brief exposition of illustrative cases, is far more impressive and educational than a more dramatic presentation. The issues are nowhere forced, and the authors cannot be accused of either undue pessimism or unfounded optimism. The deadly menace to innocent bystanders stands out in glaring relief, and

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