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Article
June 1932

TREATMENT OF CARDIOVASCULAR SYPHILIS: RESULTS OBTAINED IN FIFTY-THREE PATIENTS WITH AORTIC ANEURYSM AND IN ONE HUNDRED AND TWELVE WITH AORTIC REGURGITATION

Author Affiliations

BALTIMORE; KANSAS CITY, MO.; WASHINGTON, D. C.

From the Syphilis Division of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1932;49(6):879-924. doi:10.1001/archinte.1932.00150130002001
Abstract

In 1930, two of us (J. E. M. and J. H. D.) presented before the American Heart Association a preliminary report1 dealing with the major question of the prolongation of life as a result of treatment in 43 patients with aortic aneurysm, 90 with aortic insufficiency and 8 with various other forms of syphilitic heart disease. Because of limitations of space, it was not possible to discuss other than the one major issue, and consideration of other data was deferred. Meanwhile we have kept in touch with the patients originally reported on and have added others. In this paper, we offer a general consideration of the treatment of cardiovascular syphilis, based now on 53 patients with aortic aneurysm and 112 with aortic regurgitation. The 8 patients with syphilitic myocarditis, aortitis or angina pectoris included in the original paper have been left out of consideration, since the discussion at the

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