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February 1956

SYPHILIS: Review of the Recent Literature

Author Affiliations

Philadelphia; With the Collaboration of T. Guthe, M.D., and C. J. Hackett, M.D., Geneva, Switzerland

From the University of Pennsylvania Departments of Dermatology, School of Medicine (Donald M. Pillsbury, M.D., Professor) and Graduate School of Medicine (Herman Beerman, M.D., Chairman), and the Venereal Disease Control Section, Division of Preventive Medicine, Philadelphia Department of Public Health (John William Lentz, M. D., Chief). Dr. Guthe and Dr. Hackett are with the World Health Organization.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;97(2):215-248. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250200091009

DURING the interval covered by this 20th annual review of syphilis, the status of this disease as an important health problem was still in a state of flux. The indications are that the trend to relegate syphilis to limbo is growing, in spite of the evidence produced by the "die hards" that late syphilis is an ever-increasing problem and that there are many urgent current needs that demand attention to the actual control of this disease (Shaffer 1 and editorial, American Journal of Public Health2). As mentioned in the previous review,3 the American Journal of Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Venereal Diseases is to be replaced by the Journal of Chronic Diseases; it is with a note of sadness that Joseph Earle Moore,4 who has been the editor of the American Journal of Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Venereal Diseases since October, 1935, records the fact that the November, 1954, issue

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