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March 29, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(13):1059. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650390049025

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The Decrease in Syphilis  Dr. Paul Salmon of the Pasteur Institute published recently an article in the Revue d'hygiène entitled, "The Disappearance of Syphilis." The term "disappearance" is no doubt an exaggeration, but it is nevertheless true that syphilis in its virulent form is becoming less frequent. Reports from various cities of France seem to establish this fact. At Lyons, Dr. Lacassagne, who is charged with the supervision of public women, states that chancres are no longer seen. According to Dr. Carles, the number of infected women in Lyons decreased one third from 1911 to 1921. A physician of Saint Etienne stated recently that among his clients at the hospital and at the dispensary for registered prostitutes, syphilis had diminished considerably. At Strasbourg, Dr. Pautrier reported that the substitution of medical supervision for the former police supervision of prostitutes has reduced the amount of infection.Dr. Salmon of Paris has

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