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January 1944

Notable Contributors to the Knowledge of Syphilis

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;49(1):86. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510070089017

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From the size of this little book one would not think it contains more references to writings on syphilis than any volume previously written. It is therefore a valuable work of reference. Again, one might not think that disjointed paragraphs, some of them consisting of only a few lines, could tell a consecutive and interesting story. However, such is the case, and the reader will be fascinated by the way the story unfolds from pre-Columbian times to the present, going through ages of mysticism and leading up to the present scientific knowledge of syphilis.

In his introduction, the author says that "No one fact, no one person has stood alone. Each contributor to knowledge required the aid and assistance of those preceding him or contemporary with him." Many of the names included are familiar to all syphilologists, though some will be entirely unknown. The names of the latter

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