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February 1939

Yaws (Frambesia Tropica)

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By H. D. Chambers. Pp. 169, illustrated. London: J. & A. Churchill, Ltd., 1938.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1939;39(2):385-386. doi:10.1001/archderm.1939.01480200192025

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The main facts concerning the clinical and epidemiologic features of yaws are well presented in this little book. The author has had wide experience with the disease and was for a time one of the medical officers of the Jamaica Yaws Commission.

An interesting account is given of the history of yaws and the possible connection of this disease with the appearance of syphilis in Europe at the end of the fifteenth century. The clinical course of the disease is adequately described, and sections are devoted to a discussion of the relation of yaws to syphilis.

Perhaps the best part of the book is that on the epidemiology of the disease. While yaws is largely confined to the tropics, its distribution even in the same tropical country is by no means uniform. The epidemiologic facts observed in Jamaica are presented in some detail, and the significance of these findings is

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