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April 20, 1912


JAMA. 1912;LVIII(16):1194. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260040210013

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Unable to find any literature bearing on the salvarsan treatment for syphilis in a diabetic, I report the following case: The patient is a diabetic who has been under my treatment for the past two years. I mention this to dispel the idea that I had used salvarsan in a case wherein diabetes or glycosuria followed the syphilitic infection.

Patient.  —Mr. M. called me Nov. 7, 1911, complaining of some peculiar cerebral seizures attended by dizziness, transitory aphasia and general weakness. Their exact nature was not clear. In the course of my examination there was revealed a sore on the penis which had ulcerated almost through the frenum. There was very little induration and in ten days with soaking in warm boric-acid solution it readily healed. December 5 the patient began complaining of slight sore throat, and a papular rash was present over the abdomen. On the 15th he returned

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