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November 11, 1905

A PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE SPIROCHÆTA PALLIDA.

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ATLANTA, GA.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(20):1497. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510200043003

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Abstract

Having demonstrated the Spirochœta pallida in eight specimens taken from two chancres and a mucous patch, we desire to make a preliminary report of our findings, which were shown at the Atlanta Society of Medicine on Oct. 5, 1905.

The Spirochœta pallida was described by Schaudinn and Hoffmann last spring, and it is claimed that it is found constantly in the primary and secondary lesions of syphilis and may be an etiologic factor of importance. Whether or not it is the cause of syphilis remains to be seen, for it has not yet been isolated and cultivated and, of course, there must be a long series of cases by a number of observers before any conclusions can be drawn. The fact that these micro-organisms have been found by reliable independent workers in primary and secondary lesions and by Metchnikoff and Roux in monkeys inoculated with syphilis, and have not been

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