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April 1938


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;37(4):590-596. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480100043004

This study is based on three hundred and twenty-seven cases of luekoplakia among 16,802 veterans (1.9 per cent) examined at the Veterans Administration Facility at Washington, D. C. The group examined was made up almost exclusively of men, and less than 5 per cent of them were Negroes. Almost all the men examined were World War veterans, so that the average age was about 40.

A careful study was made of the background of every patient, including examination of records going back to the time of army or navy service and a complete physical examination by a competent physician. There were routine examinations of the eyes, the ears, the nose, the throat, the skin, the genito-urinary system and the teeth. A routine Wassermann test was made for every patient. Every patient with a positive Wassermann reaction and every patient who was clinically suspected of having syphilis but for whom the

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