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November 1944

PHILADELPHIA DERMATOLOGICAL SOCIETY

Author Affiliations

Chairman; Secretary Nov. 19, 1943

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;50(5):342-353. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510170056022

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Abstract

Symposium on ocular syphilis, presented by the staff of the clinic for treatment of ocular syphilis of the Wills Hospital: Dr. Joseph V. Klauder, Dr. Marjory K. Hardy, Dr. John F. Wilson and Dr. George P. Meyer.

The Psychic Reaction of the Patient to Blindness —a Blind Man with a "Seeing Eye" Dog.

N. W., a Negro aged 37 years, has atrophy of the optic nerve as part of neurosyphilis of the tabetic type. When he was first seen in the clinic in 1934, the visual acuity was 2/60. The reactions of the spinal fluid to the usual laboratory tests were positive. The Wassermann and Kahn reactions of the blood were negative. Blindness rapidly ensued. He was unable to work six months after first coming to the clinic. Soon after the onset of blindness he became depressed. On one occasion, when in a depressed state, he held a razor in

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