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May 21, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(21):1657. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680470043023

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Importance of Obstetric Clinics in the Fight Against Syphilis  Dr. Francis Kovács of Budapest, in a paper read before the Budapest Royal Medical Society, said that, in the fight against syphilis, genital syphilis is the point of attack. Syphilitic mothers must be treated in ample time. It is therefore the task of the obstetric clinics and infants' homes, which are in touch with many mothers, to prevent the conveying of infection to the new generation. This end can be best achieved by searching for syphilitic infection in every case. These examinations, the Wassermann test, histologic examination of the placenta, roentgen-ray examination, sedimentation of red blood cells and postmortem examinations made by experts demand that all institutions dealing with pregnant women should be supplied with adequate laboratory service. If one of the analyses is positive, antisyphilitic treatment of the woman must be started, even if clinical manifestations are absent and without

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