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November 1940


Author Affiliations


From the Syphilis Division of the Medical Clinic, the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;66(5):1112-1187. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190170103007

The material for this article has been selected mainly from publications which have appeared from July 1939 to July 1940. As in previous reviews,1 it has been necessary rigidly to select material. Little attention has been paid to reports dealing with comparative serologic studies, and case reports have been almost wholly eliminated.

HISTORY OF SYPHILIS  Peter Kalm, a Swedish botanist, began a tour of North America in September 1748 and in 1750 published from his observations a treatise entitled (in translation) "Lobelia as a Sure Cure for Venereal Disease." With prefatory comment to identify Peter Kalm, Larsen2 provides an interesting translation of his treatise.The American savages in the northern part of America have had lues Venerea among them for a long time past. Some say that the Europeans brought the disease to the savages; others claim the disease was present among them much earlier...In spite of

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