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November 19, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(21):1796-1797. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690210062025

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Researches on Congenital Syphilis  Through the initiative of the Piedmont Group of the Società per gli studii sessuali, a special meeting was held in Turin to study congenital syphilis in Italy. Professor Piccardi of Turin presided at the meeting.Professor Artom presented a paper on the incidence of congenital syphilis in Italy, giving the statistical data that he had collected. There are in Italy 5,000 blind congenital syphilitics, while, of the thirty thousand deaf-mutes, in the majority their infirmity can be traced to congenital syphilis. In the psychiatric hospitals there are 4,000 mentally defective children and many adults with epilepsy or psychosis due to syphilis in the parents.Dr. Fornara emphasized that, in order to make an exact diagnosis of syphilis in the new-born, it is necessary to employ four methods of research: clinical symptoms and data presented by the history of the mother; examination of the maternal and fetal

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