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Article
February 1939

NEUROSYPHILIS IN THE NEGRO

Author Affiliations
CINCINNATI
Aided by a grant from the Works Progress Administration.
Arch Derm Syphilol. 1939;39(2):308-318. doi:10.1001/archderm.1939.01480200115011
Abstract

Reports of routine studies of the spinal fluid of unselected Negroes with syphilis are lacking in the literature. Data on routine repeated periodic examination of the spinal fluid of either Negroes or white persons are extremely scanty. The difficulties of obtaining this type of material are many and various. However, of 5,585 cases of syphilis in Negroes treated in the dermatovenereologic division of the Shoemaker clinic since 1928, an examination of the spinal fluid was obtained as a routine before treatment was started in 1,643 (29 per cent). In an additional 5 per cent the first examination of the spinal fluid was obtained after treatment had been started. Of a total of 1,871 cases in which this diagnostic puncture had been made, a routine examination of the spinal fluid was given after each course of treatment in 718 (38 per cent). A course of treatment consisted of ten injections of

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