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October 1938

SEROLOGIC PARADOX IN JUVENILE DEMENTIA PARALYTICA: REPORT OF A CASE

Author Affiliations

INGLESIDE, NEB.

From the laboratory of Hastings State Hospital.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;38(4):595-598. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480160087009
Abstract

I shall report the results of serologic tests of the blood and of the spinal fluid in a case of juvenile dementia paralytica before, during and after the first phase of antisyphilitic treatment. A perusal of the literature fails to reveal any consideration of similar serologic findings. In view of the widespread interest in all matters pertaining to syphilis at this time and the consequent danger of too definite assumptions concerning the value and, above all, the meaning of serologic tests, I have decided to present this material. No attempt is made in this presentation to explain the phenomenon.

REPORT OF CASE  The patient, a white girl aged 11 years, is a foster child of farmers. Her intellectual and physical development were supposedly normal until the latter part of 1937, when her school grades gradually fell off, and she became more and more restless and slept poorly. On

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