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January 29, 1927

Syphilis du testicule.

JAMA. 1927;88(5):346. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680310058037

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In this monograph the author surveys the knowledge of syphilis of the testis and gives the conclusions reached by personal research. The introductory historical chapter proves that recognition of this condition reaches back centuries. With excusable pride, Marcel emphasizes the merits of French workers in this field. The macroscopic, microscopic and physiologic pathology are presented in concise yet complete form. The author prefers to classify interscrotal syphilis from the time of the appearance of the clinical symptoms. He maintains that, contrary to the traditional belief, the syphilitic involvement is not confined, to the testis proper but almost invariably attacks also the epididymis, with frequent involvement of the cord and the covering sheath. Any suspicion of syphilis in cases of hydrocele calls for the serologic investigation of the liquid exudate. Latent or occult syphilis of the testis and epididymis is characterized by the finding of the spirochetes within the spermatozoa, which

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