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July 1920


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1920;2(1):53-60. doi:10.1001/archderm.1920.02350070058008

Syphilis generally is probably as poorly treated as any disease with which we have to contend. Every medical man properly includes syphilis in his field, and should know the modern methods of treatment; unfortunately, many do not. A survey of specific therapy administered to approximately 3,000 civilian syphilitic persons by reputable physicians reveals some rather startling facts. In September, 1919, I1 reported as follows: Of 113,000 men examined at Camp Travis, 3,000 were found to have infectious lesions of syphilis. A fair proportion of these had consulted reputable physicians at one time or another, and yet we gleaned such facts as the following from their histories: Local caustic and antiseptic applications were freely used by physicians and patients alike, not a single dark field examination having been made in any case prior to entering the service. A negative Wassermann reaction during the first few days of the infection was

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