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January 3, 1885

Pulmonary Syphilis.

JAMA. 1885;IV(1):18-19. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390760026004

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—This is a manifestation of syphilis which it is safe to assume few general practitioners have ever recognized. This is due both to the rarity of its occurrence in adults, and to the difficulty attending its positive diagnosis. The occurrence of a syphilitic form of phthisis was recognized by Morgagni, while Portal, Morton, Graves and Stokes admitted the likelihood of such a condition, from their observation of the clinical fact that some cases of bronchial catarrh were greatly benefited by mercury. It was, however, left to Virchow, Wagner, Lorain, Robin and other contemporaneous investigators to describe minutely the pathological changes due to pulmonary syphilis. Their researches were made chiefly upon the lungs of still-born syphilitic infants. The latest contribution to this subject is by Dr. A. Hiller, in the Charité Annalen, Berlin, 1884, volume 9, page 184, and recapitulated in Centralbl. f. d. Med. Wiss., October 4, 1884, page 702,

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