[Skip to Navigation]
June 1938


Author Affiliations


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;37(6):990-992. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480120056009

For some time syphilology has been joined intimately with dermatology. This was so previously because the cutaneous manifestations were considered the predominant part of the disease and important for diagnosis. Dermatologists naturally, then, contributed brilliantly to progress in syphilology.

It has been stated repeatedly that syphilis is becoming less and less a cutaneous disease. Erich Hoffmann has emphasized the fact that prenatal syphilis today presents fewer symptoms than previously and that severe cutaneous pictures are less common today. In large communities, at least, patients with early syphilis are now being treated earlier and more effectively. Because of these facts and because of the increasing use of better diagnostic procedures, latent and visceral syphilis are assuming greater importance. While it is true that treatment of early syphilis is relatively simple because it is so standardized, the treatment and the intelligent follow-up of the patient after the early phase are frankly difficult

Add or change institution