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June 1938


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Surgeon General, Washington, D. C.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;37(6):1048. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480120114020

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Dr. Paul A. O'Leary, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Syphilis Control, American Dermatological Association,

Dear Doctor O'Leary:—  I have learned from several sources that some of the dermatosyphilologists of the United States are of the opinion that the Public Health Service intends to utilize the services of specialists in internal medicine and in the other fields of medicine to the exclusion of dermatologists in the present campaign against syphilis. There is no intention of divorcing syphilology from dermatology.The problem of syphilis in the United States is an enormous one, and I can assure you that the services of both dermatosyphilologists and internists will be required. Indeed, so prevalent is syphilis that it is my opinion that the aid of all general practitioners will be needed in addition to the special assistance of experts in the field.The action of your committee in endorsing the campaign to control syphilis about a

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