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January 27, 1912

Syphilis from the Modern Standpoint.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(4):300. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010300035

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This book represents one of the most advanced outposts of those valiant warriors of science who are ready to attack any problem of clinical medicine with laboratory ammunition alone. Its clinical basis, as far as appears, rests "on clinical observations [presumably as voluntary onlookers] at the hospital St. Louis and others," and "the material attending Dr. Sequeira's dermatologic clinic [at the London Hospital] in addition to cases under the medical and surgical staff in the general wards of the same and other hospitals" [here presumably also as irresponsible attendants]. In other words, we have two bacteriologists, with exuberant laboratory assurance, who write on syphilis as a human disease, with an experience with the disease such as is attainable by any medical student who will go to Paris and London and spend a while as a voluntary attendant in some of the clinics for skin diseases. We have long known that

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