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July 1962

Syphilis, Modern Diagnosis and Management

Arch Dermatol. 1962;86(1):95. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590070101023

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In 63 small pages of type arranged in easily readable style and 43 good color illustrations, modern knowledge of syphilis has been well summarized. Each stage of the disease is described succinctly and with the authority of thorough understanding and experience. Undoubtedly this is a reflection of the assistance of Sidney Olansky and Evan W. Thomas as acknowledged in the book.

William J. Brown, Chief of the Venereal Disease Branch of the Communicable Disease Center, in a foreword, calls attention to the reversal in 1955 of the decline of syphilis. Since 1958, the incidence of infectious early syphilis in many communities has doubled each year, although there has not been a parallel increase in the number of reported cases of gonorrhea.

The decreasing rarity of infectious syphilis calls for greater action. As early stages of the disease increase, the likelihood of overlooked early infection increases with its certain incidence of

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