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May 1947

RELAPSING SYPHILIDS OF THE GENITALIA: Persistence of Lesions Seven Months After Serologic Reversion

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From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology of the University of Havana Medical School and the Mercedes Hospital, Braulio Sáenz, M.D., Director.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;55(5):650-657. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520050052007

BECAUSE of special involution of the lesions in a case of relapsing syphilids of the genitalia, a similar type of which I have not previously observed (nor have I been able to find any reference thereto in the literature), I am presenting a résumé of my observation, in the hope that I may be enlightened in finding a possible interpretation of the paradoxic facts that I have observed.

REPORT OF A CASE  R. G., a white law student aged 25 years, weighing 160 pounds (72.6 Kg.), gave the history of a penile sore of the frenum early in July 1944. The lesion was examined and treated as soft chancre. On August 28, the serologic reaction was strongly positive. Weekly or every ten days, injections of neoarsphenamine, 0.60 Gm., were given during September and October; the patient was then dismissed without serologic control or further instructions.On Jan. 5, 1945, he

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