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January 1945

Clinical Syphilology.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1945;75(1):74. doi:10.1001/archinte.1945.00210250081011

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Stokes's "Clinical Syphilology" has really become an institution in American medicine in the sense that there is no other work which fully takes the place of this outstanding treatise. Dr. Stokes's lucid and vivid style relieves the text of the monotony so to be dreaded in large monographs. Every phase of the subject is thoroughly gone into — bacteriology, clinical features, theory and practice of treatment and public health aspects. The numerous illustrations, tables and summaries enrich and enliven the text.

The fact that Stokes has worked in such harmony with other outstanding American syphilologists makes what he has to say even more impressive, since the work represents, as the writer says in his preface, to some extent a synthesis of experience. It is somewhat appalling to find that 1,300 pages must be devoted to the discussion of one disease, even though it is a very important one. As Dr.

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