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January 15, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(3):210-211. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550290038005

prostitutes, for it is certain that not all of them transmit infection all the time that they give positive serum reactions. On the other hand, the absence of manifest lesions of syphilis certainly does not prove inability to infect, since but two of the eighty-nine syphilitic women in this group showed lesions on examination. Those physicians who are responsible for examination of prostitutes in communities where legal regulation of prostitutes is established have a difficult task to find the limits of the region of safety in view of such wide boundaries as are offered by the 2 per cent, of women with active lesions and the 83 to 89 per cent, with positive serum reactions; while anyone who is called on to decide the question of fitness of a syphilitic for marriage will find food for reflection in these statistics.

Nowhere in neurologic medicine has the physician felt himself more

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