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October 14, 1905

Spirochaeta Pallida in the Lesions of Syphilis.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(16):1182-1183. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510160056016

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Abstract

San Francisco, Oct. 2, 1905.

To the Editor:  —Since Schaudinn and Hoffmann described a fine corkscrew-like organism in the lesions of syphilis in May of this year various confirmatory reports have been published on the continent of Europe and in England, but as yet I have seen no reports of the demonstration of the organism in this country. It, therefore, seems proper to report the finding of the Spirochœta pallida in two case of untreated secondary syphilis which have lately been under observation in this hospital.The S. pallida was demonstrated in a smear made from a papule located on the patient's back, that is, as far away from the mouth, anus and genitals as it was possible to get, in order to avoid the spirobacteria which normally occur in those regions. In the second case the smear was made from a mucous patch in the mouth. Both preparations showed

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