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January 26, 1889

Should Syphilitics Marry?

JAMA. 1889;XII(4):139-140. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400810031010

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To the Editor:  —Some questions that are not clear to my mind in the light of my present knowledge.1. Is syphilis a curable disease? or is it possible to eradicate all the syphilitic germs from a syphilitic? 2. Is not a person once a syphilitic always a syphilitic? 3. Is the germ of tertiary syphilis the same as the germ of secondary syphilis, and also the same as that germ which causes chancre? or is their virulency modified by removal from the chancre? 4. Is it possible to inoculate a non-syphilitic by serum or secretions from a tertiary syphilitic

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