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September 1940

Syphilis and Its Accomplices in Mischief: Society, the State and the Physician.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;66(3):777-778. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190150248014

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As the title might suggest, this is a rather unusual book. Its style is distinctly original and the volume is unique for its forceful bias and its decidedly prejudiced statements. It might be considered a philosophic essay rather than a technical treatise on a medicoethical subject. The author has gone to great lengths of erudition to distribute on a rather poorly organized framework citations from the Bible, early Greek mythology and the classics, as well as from the works of some of the better known syphilographers of the last decades. His book, therefore, becomes somewhat historical in character, but, unfortunately, it contains no bibliography. The following quotations may give a clearer insight into the style and character of the book:

"Leprosy and syphilis are mirrors, in which man, beholding his reflection is covered with confusion and hides his face in terror, at the sight of his crimes. Leprosy and syphilis

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