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April 16, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(16):1249. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680420039024

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General Paralysis in Negroes and Indians  Kraepelin, the recently deceased psychiatrist of Munich, together with his co-worker Professor Plaut, undertook last year a journey to America to carry on researches concerning the incidence and the pathologic aspects of general paralysis among negroes and Indians. Professor Plaut points out that syphilis, although rarely found among the negroes of North America before the abolition of slavery, has since become widespread, and is now three times as prevalent among them as it is among the white population. The course of syphilis among the negroes shows certain peculiarities as compared with the manifestations of the disease among white persons. The differences are explainable, in part, from the more frequently superficial treatment of the disease in negroes. That applies especially to the frequent recurrences and to the greater incidence of gummas and syphilis of the bones. But the different aspects of the disease are due,

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