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March 1924


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1924;9(3):355-367. doi:10.1001/archderm.1924.02360210064006

It is agreed by clinicians generally that there has been a marked reduction in the number of active cases of congenital syphilis compared with those of former years. This undoubtedly is attributable to the efficient prophylactic measures carried out today in the majority of the large maternity hospitals. The systematic application of the Wassermann test in obstetric clinics has rendered invaluable aid in uncovering many cases of unsuspected infection, and the employment of proper treatment during pregnancy has shown that a healthy child may be born of a properly treated syphilitic mother.

Through our association with the Sloane Hospital and the kind cooperation of Dr. Studdiford and his staff, we have had the opportunity of following a large number of children whose mothers were referred to us for treatment. In a certain percentage of these cases we have had the results of the Wassermann test on the blood from the

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