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May 20, 1933

Aortitis sifilítica.

JAMA. 1933;100(20):1634. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740200068040

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Postmortem examination of bodies at the institute of the Faculty of Medicine in Buenos Aires shows that 20 per cent of cardiovascular lesions are of syphilitic origin. In other countries the proportion is lower, as the following figures seem to indicate: United States, 10 per cent; Germany, 6 per cent, and England, 5 per cent. The greater incidence in Buenos Aires is ascribed to a failure in the early diagnosis coupled with inadequate and incorrect therapy. With these facts in mind, the author has admirably set forth the pathologic anatomy, diagnostic criteria and roentgenologic aspects of syphilitic aortitis. This monograph is concise, clear and to the point; numerous illustrations enhance the value of the book.

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