The physician confronting a patient with a diagnosis of syphilis is likely to be confronted, in turn, with several pertinent queries: 1. Is the disease curable? 2. How long a time will be required? 3. What is the amount of treatment necessary to achieve a cure?
An honest and truthful answer to these questions, of importance to physician and patient alike, is not to be made off-hand, because of their relation to matters of moment in regard to the future of the patient: the permissibility of marriage, the possibility of infected or noninfected offspring, and the like.
With regard to the curability of syphilis, it can be definitely stated that the disease is curable, as is proved by the occurrence of reinfections; * but it must be no less definitely understood that, in the absence of such drastic and undesirable method of proof, satisfactory and indisputable criteria are difficult to formulate
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