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July 1941

PREVALENCE OF SYPHILIS OF THE BONES AND JOINTS: REPORT OF A STATISTICAL STUDY AT THE HOSPITAL FOR JOINT DISEASES, WITH A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;44(1):1-12. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01500010004001
Abstract

This study was undertaken to determine the frequency of congenital and acquired syphilis of the bones and joints encountered in the routine practice at the Hospital for Joint Diseases. Our findings met our expectations but were so striking when reduced to actual figures that we felt obliged to review the literature for the purpose of obtaining an explanatory background for the results.

A STATISTICAL STUDY  Our approach to this study consisted of a review of all hospital charts from Jan. 1, 1929 to Dec. 31, 1938 on which a diagnosis of syphilis had been made, regardless of the system involved. These charts were critically reviewed with respect to the history and the results of physical, roentgenographic and laboratory examinations, to discriminate between cases in which there were incidental skeletal lesions of nonsyphilitic origin and those in which there were skeletal lesions of syphilitic origin. Instances in which a definitely positive

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