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July 18, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(3):187. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.04500010043018

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In a recent article Fournier discusses the connection of suicide with syphilis. He has had in the course of his observation some eighteen cases of suicide in syphilitics, in all of which the disease seemed to have a direct connection with the act. He has known of eight cases of suicide on account of the disfigurement, either from syphilitic lesions or some trifling lesion which the subject regarded as a sign of worse to follow or mistook for syphilis. The mental condition of those suddenly learning of the infection may lead to what might almost be called a reflex suicide. Fournier says that he has more than a hundred times seen strong men turn pale, sink down, and sometimes even lose consciousness from shock when told that they had the disease, and this in subjects otherwise unimpressionable and intrepid in danger. It is his experience that women display much was

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