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February 20, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(8):239-240. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411120027006

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Dr. Neisser, of Breslau, has considered the question of the expediency of the continuance in practice of physicians who have become syphilitic (Centralblatt für Chirurgie). His communication takes the form of a reply to a direct inquiry addressed to him by a professional colleague who had been advised both ways—to continue and to retire. Neisser's conclusions are that the necessity for a physician to retire from practice must be the exception to the rule; provided, that he shall have been under an efficient specific treatment. He offers his views chiefly on the following conditions: First, concerning the stage of the disease; second, the thoroughness of the specific treatment down to the time when practice is resumed; third, the state of the eruption, especially on the hands of the person whose line of practice is that of surgeon or accoucheur; fourth, whether any other affections of the skin, possibly not syphilitic

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