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March 31, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(13):997. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270030329032

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In this, the newest text on syphilis, Dr. Thompson has undertaken to cover the entire subject, considering syphilis not only in general, but also in its special manifestations in the various tissues of the body. His book gives a good exposition of our present knowledge of the disease. For so large a subject, however, he has assigned himself a rather limited space, so that the consideration of many topics is of necessity extremely brief. The greatest criticism to be made against the book is that it is not well balanced. The clinical history of syphilis—its development, its clinical course and its general symptoms—is covered in fifty pages, and it cannot be said to be given with adequate fulness. The same criticism applies to many other subjects, notably to the important subjects of syphilis of the vascular system and of the nervous system. On the other hand, some clinical subjects, such

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