A history of syphilis in women is difficult to obtain. The existence of a latent syphilis is frequently brought to light by a stillbirth, or by the birth of a living infant with all the stigmas and characteristic evidence, both clinical and laboratory, of congenital syphilis.
Wile and Senear1 state, for obvious anatomic reasons, that the primary syphilitic sore in women is apt to remain a hidden and unrecognized lesion. The knowledge that the primary lesion of syphilis on the genitalia of women is extremely transitory dates back to the teachings of Fournier.2 The American literature concerning chancre of the cervix is not extensive; Gellhorn,3 Wile and Senear,1 Gellhorn and Ehrenfest,4 Warthin and Noland,5 Stookey,6 and MacDonald,7 all contributed to a comparatively scanty literature on the subject. Gellhorn and Ehrenfest4 in their first contribution placed the incidence of chancre of the
STOOKEY PF. PRIMARY SYPHILIS OF THE CERVIX UTERI. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1930;21(4):628–636. doi:10.1001/archderm.1930.01440100114011
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