One of the most hopeful achievements of modern antisyphilitic therapy is the birth of children free from the infection of their mother. Statistical reports confirming this statement have been published repeatedly by physicians, both from their private practices and from hospital wards. Some data on the results obtained by treating women during the child-bearing period, recently collected from eighteen municipal clinics of this state, are offered as evidence of the great benefits to be derived from careful treatment of ambulant patients at public clinics or dispensaries.
These clinics, with few exceptions, are not associated with hospitals, but are municipally supported and operate under the direction of the city health officer. Only indigent ambulant patients are treated, a majority of whom have been referred to the clinic by physicians and visiting nurses. Until recently, no especial efforts were made to bring under treatment syphilitic pregnant women; hence, comparatively few such records
JOSEPH S. LAWRENCE. PREVENTION OF CONGENITAL SYPHILIS BY TREATING MOTHER DURING PREGNANCY. JAMA. 1925;84(6):432–434. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660320024008