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May 14, 1892

LESIONS CHARACTERISTIC OF SYPHILIS IN THE FŒTUS AND INFANT AT BIRTH.Read before the Milwaukee Medical Society, March 22, 1892.

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JAMA. 1892;XVIII(20):611-613. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411240011001c

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The disastrous influence of syphilis on pregnancy, as frequently shown by. the premature expulsion of the product of conception; the excessive fatality of inherited syphilis; and the unfortunate consequences which may be entailed upon the offspring that survive, make the subject one that, in the interest of the progeny of syphilitic parents, merits the special attention of the obstetrician. Carpenter states that of 657 syphilitic females, 231 miscarried, while 426 were delivered at term of living and dead children. Kassowitz asserts that one-third of all children procreated of syphilitic parents are stillborn, and 34 per cent. of those born living, die in the first six months of life. So frequently is syphilis a cause of non-viability and premature delivery, that whenever a woman repeatedly miscarries, or gives birth to a dead fœtus, suspicion of this disease in the parents may be entertained. In view of the fact that, in the

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