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March 4, 1905


Author Affiliations

Professor of Obstetrics, Medical Department, Kentucky University. LOUISVILLE, KY.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(9):684-685. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500360010002c

To Fournier, Morrow, Carpenter, and Abt, and many others, we are indebted for many important facts bearing on fetal and infantile syphilis, and to these authorities I wish to give credit for much valuable information.

Approaching the subject from the standpoint of either the obstetrician or the pediatrist, we are appalled at the great influence of syphilis on infant mortality.

Taking into consideration all cases of premature delivery, prior to or after the third month, next to criminality, syphilis heads the list as a cause of abortion and miscarriage. From the standpoint of the pediatrist, the number of cases of syphilis in infancy and childhood will form but a small percentage of the total number of cases seen. The mortality in syphilitic children, however, is as great, if not greater, than in any other disease.

The method of conveyance of syphilis to offspring has been much discussed, especially as to

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