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February 1928

The Practice of Urology and Syphilology: A Surgical Treatise on Genito-Urinary Diseases and Syphilis

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1928;17(2):285. doi:10.1001/archderm.1928.02380080139012

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Our interest in this work lies, of course, in the part of it relating to syphilis. However valuable the treatise is on urology, little can be said of its consideration of syphilis. In a book of 852 pages on urology and syphilis, 111 pages are devoted to syphilis. The space allowed for it, of course, is utterly inadequate to permit a full consideration of the subject. It is a purely elementary statement, and it is not prepared with great care. One, in fact, comes on careless statements which startle him. For example, in a paragraph of eleven lines on paternal transmission of syphilis —which is all that is given to that subject— the following statement occurs (p. 748): "Paternal independent of maternal transmission is much less common than the reverse, as it is possible for a syphilitic father to beget a healthy child...." A reader ignorant of the fact might

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