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October 13, 1945

CONTROL OF SYPHILIS IN PREGNANT WOMEN: UNDER THE CARE OF THE GENERAL PRACTITIONER

JAMA. 1945;129(7):500-503. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860410016004
Abstract

Several years ago I1 described a plan for controlling syphilis in pregnant women under the care of the general practitioner. This plan, part of the Illinois statewide venereal disease control program (Chicago excluded), has been carried out along the general principles then outlined up to the present time, when I am able to report on the outcome of 1,448 cases of syphilitic pregnant women under the care of 1,087 private physicians. McKelvey and Turner,2 McCord,3 Ingraham,4 Halloran5 and others6 have reported on the outcome of syphilitic pregnant women treated in public hospital clinics and maternity centers, but I have been unable to find any reports of the outcome of such cases treated by private physicians.

PLAN OF MANAGEMENT  The Illinois antepartum blood-testing law became effective in July 1939. This law provides that all physicians attending pregnant women must submit specimens of the patients' blood

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