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April 18, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(16):1228. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660420066019

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The Second Aortic Sound in the Diagnosis of Congenital Syphilis  Dr. Martagão Gesteira, professor of diseases of children in the Bahia Medical School, recently presented to the Medical Society of the Hospitals a paper on the value of the intensification of the second aortic sound in the diagnosis of congenital syphilis. Taking as a base the studies made by Dr. Rubião Meira, a professor in the São Paulo Medical School, and submitted to the National Academy of Medicine in 1916, Dr. Meira calls attention to the fact that the majority of our clinicians seem to deny the so-called Rubião Meira sign any value in the diagnosis of syphilis. Dr. Gesteira explains why this sign of syphilis does not seem to have much importance in the adult, since there are many causes which might originate it. It is not the same in infants. In an infantile clinic the intensification of the

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