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February 6, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(6):392-395. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670320006003

In the course of a systematic study of congenital syphilis in the Kings County Hospital and the Long Island College Dispensary, Brooklyn, interesting features were brought to light, which do not break entirely new ground but aid in establishing certain hitherto obscure clinical findings as stigmas of congenital syphilis.

Fournier, in 1875, first stated that syphilis was the cause of tabes dorsalis, and Erb later confirmed Fournier's work. While these two well known pioneers in neurosyphilography developed the specific side of tabes, Hutchinson, in 1896, brought out certain now generally acknowledged clinical findings as stigmas of congenital or hereditary syphilis, the Hutchinson triad, consisting of interstitial keratitis, notched incisors and eighth nerve deafness.

Since these early times, a great mass of work has been carried out in the field of clinical and pathologic syphilis, which has brought about a clearer understanding of the disease. But, as yet, certain cases of