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March 1935

SYPHILIS AND SKIN DISEASES IN THE AMERICAN NEGRO: PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS

Author Affiliations

WASHINGTON, D. C.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1935;31(3):316-323. doi:10.1001/archderm.1935.01460210027002
Abstract

Since 1910 I have kept a record of the consecutive cases of skin diseases and of syphilis which I have personally observed in the Negro. Most of these cases were seen at Freedmen's Hospital. During the world war advisory boards1 were a prolific source of material. As an unusually high percentage of rare cases has been seen, the following figures should not be taken as indicating the type of cases ordinarily encountered in the dispensary. As to the type of Negro studied, the articles by Howard Fox2 and me3 have given information that need not be duplicated in this paper.

A total of 17,878 patients were observed; 6,149 had syphilis, and 11,729 had other skin diseases. In this paper no attempt will be made to study the general subject of syphilis as it affects the Negro race. Zimmermann4 has already studied this question, and in general

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