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August 24, 1912


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Rochester, N. Y.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(8):622. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080304013

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It seems to me that the following case is of interest in showing the possibilities of salvarsan as an eradicator of hereditary syphilis, abortion and still-birth.

The patient, Mrs. S., aged 30, married, has had two previous pregnancies; both children are healthy. The patient's husband acquired syphilis from an extramarital intercourse when she was about four months pregnant. He received two intravenous injections of salvarsan of 0.0 gm. each. After his second injection he informed me that his wife was showing marked symptoms of the disease. I told him that it was his duty to have treated his wife first, if not for her sake, for the sake of the unborn child. He said that his family physician (a homeopath) had told her that an injection of salvarsan in her condition was not to be thought of. Nevertheless, they talked it over and decided to consult another physician. He argued

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