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November 1947

SYPHILIS: A Review of the Recent Literature

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From the Venereal Disease Division of the Medical Department, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1947;80(5):655-690. doi:10.1001/archinte.1947.00220170091008

IN THIS annual review1 of recent developments in the field of syphilology emphasis is placed on subjects of greatest current importance. In publications appearing from July 1946 to June 1947 that emphasis is on therapy, particularly with penicillin, the limitations of which are gradually becoming apparent. There also is evident a rising tide of protest against the low specificity of current serodiagnostic tests, recently brought into sharper focus by mass testing of the blood of millions of persons by Selective Service, the American Red Cross and the armed forces separation centers. Few original articles on the fundamental problems of syphilis have appeared.

NEW BOOKS  Two clinical manuals on the venereal diseases have appeared during the period covered by this review. Lomholt's book2 is an English edition of the Danish textbook which has been used widely throughout the Scandinavian countries. Delayed in publication because of the German occupation of

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