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October 22, 1938

Current Comment

JAMA. 1938;111(17):1569. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790430053015

INCIDENCE OF SYPHILIS AND GONORRHEA  In some tabular sheets1 recently released by the United States Public Health Service the rates per thousand of population for syphilis and gonorrhea have been given by states and cities for the fiscal year 1938 and the month of July 1938. The highest annual rate for syphilis was reported from Florida with 14.19 per thousand, followed by Mississippi with 13.26 per thousand. The rate for gonorrhea in Florida, however, was only 1.76 but for Mississippi was 14.61. The total lack of parallelism exhibited between the rates for syphilis and gonorrhea in these two states alone (it was also evident in the figures from many other states) may be safely interpreted as indicating wholly unsatisfactory reporting of the latter disease. Similar discrepancies are evident in the figures for cities with a population of 200,000 or over and in the summary figures for July. If apparent

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