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March 1, 1941

Congenital Syphilis

JAMA. 1941;116(9):901. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820090101031

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There is a need for a competent modern monograph on congenital syphilis. The authoritative presentation of Jeans and Cooke is now 10 years old, therefore largely outdated, and is moreover buried in a System of Clinical Pediatrics where it is available to relatively few readers. Dennie and Pakula have attempted to fill this need, but unfortunately without conspicuous success. The cooperation of specialists is required to combat congenital syphilis successfully. The prospective mother and the diseased as well as the apparently healthy child must all be considered before the picture is complete. True these phases are considered and there is a presentation of the management of syphilis in pregnancy. If congenital syphilis is ever to be eradicated this can be done only by the recognition of syphilis early in pregnancy and by vigorous antisyphilitic treatment throughout. The authors conclude that complications actually do not occur with the same frequency with

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