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September 2, 1911

AN EPIDEMIC OF CHANCRES OF THE LIP FROM KISSING

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PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1911;LVII(10):783-784. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090005002

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Abstract

The following epidemic is a distressing instance of the innocent transmission of syphilis.

A coterie of young men and women, varying in age from 16 to 22 years, gave a minstrel performance as a benefit. Following this, a party, and later a banquet, were given at which juvenile kissing games were indulged in. One of the participants, a young man of 22, had a sore on his lip, the nature of which he avers he did not know. Six young women kissed by him developed chancres of the lip. A young man present at the affair likewise developed a chancre of the lip apparently from the virus deposited on the lips of one of the young women, for he did not come into contact with the original source. In addition, a young woman kissed by the offender at a third social function likewise developed an initial sclerosis, making in all

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