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September 1924

INCIDENCE OF MIXED (SYPHILITIC AND CHANCROIDAL) INFECTIONS: A REVIEW OF 8,171 CASES OF VENEREAL DISEASES

Author Affiliations

RICHMOND, VA.

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, Medical College of Virginia Dispensary, Richmond.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1924;10(3):314-315. doi:10.1001/archderm.1924.02360270043008

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Abstract

The cases from which these statistics were compiled were seen during the ten years ending in 1923, and as a whole the patients were of the usual type encountered in a municipal dispensary of any southern city. As a rule, the diagnosis had been made either in the departments of general medicine, dermatology and syphilology, or genito-urinary surgery, and this diagnosis was usually made within several days of the first appearance of the patient. The number of cases of each particular variety of venereal disease based on the initial diagnosis is tabulated below.

The histories were The histories were studied to ascertain the number of cases of chancroid in which the blood Wassermann test had been performed subsequent to the first diagnosis. This number proved to be ninety-eight. Fifty-seven (58 per cent.) of the ninety-eight cases of so-called chancroid gave a positive blood Wassermann test on an average of seven and one-half months after the development of the venereal sore. The histories were considered especially for evidence of syphilis before the development of the chancroid and for any possibility of subsequent infection.

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