For the past four years, a large part of my time has been occupied with the development of clinical interest in syphilis in the diagnostic group of the Mayo Clinic, through whose hands pass approximately 60,000 patients a year. In developing a diagnostic and therapeutic approach to the disease I have been compelled to give constant and intense thought to the present and future possibilities, limitations, and tendencies of syphilology as a special field of medical activity. As a dermatologist, I may be pardoned for bringing before you for your criticism and suggestions some of my impressions and perplexities. I have passed through a period of misgivings and distrust of the possibilities of the work, engendered in part by the confusion and lack of cooperation which at first sight appears to pervade the field, and in part by the feeling that the clinical syphilographer as such reached his culmination in
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