[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address 18.206.12.79. Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
Article
May 6, 1916

ANATOMIC LESIONS IN LATE ACQUIRED SYPHILIS: A STUDY OF 314 CASES BASED ON THE ANALYSIS OF 4,880 NECROPSIES AT BELLEVUE HOSPITAL

Author Affiliations

Associate Professor of Pathology, University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College; Pathologist to the Third Division, Bellevue Hospital; Pathologist, St. Vincent's Hospital NEW YORK

From the Department of Pathology of Bellevue and Allied Hospitals.

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(19):1457-1462. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580450023010

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.

Abstract

There is an aphorism to the effect that to know syphilis is to know medicine, and the physician is adjured, when in doubt, to suspect syphilis, since the extension of the disease is colossal. For example, the Wassermann reaction in Bellevue Hospital has yielded strongly positive results in over 25 per cent. of the enormous number of serums examined. This, of course, does not imply that one in every four persons is syphilitic, although in many instances, the reaction was carried out as a routine measure and not necessarily because contamination was suspected. The figure quoted indicates, nevertheless, that syphilis is even more widely distributed than is generally believed, assuming, of course, that the Wassermann reaction, as carried out with the cholesterin antigen, does not justify the skepticism with which it is received in certain quarters. On the other hand, among 4,880 necropsies performed at Bellevue Hospital in the past

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview
×