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May 1957

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 Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, (Dr. Pillsbury, Professor), and Graduate School of Medicine, (Dr. Beerman, Chairman), and from the Venereal Disease Control Section, Division of Preventive Medicine, Philadelphia Department of Public Health (Dr. Lentz, Chief).

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;99(5):791-813. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260050119013

The chief theme of the activities in the field of syphilology during the period covered by this 21st annual review of syphilis (July 1, 1955, to July 1, 1956) is retrospection—a looking back to syphilis of the past. This is attested to by the relatively large number of publications on the history of syphilis. These include a book chiefly for the layman on the story of that still "Secret Enemy" 1 and an entire issue of the A. M. A. Archives of Dermatology devoted to certain aspects of the disease whose name has only recently been dropped from its masthead. This does not mean that new developments have been neglected. In fact, the outstanding study by Magnuson and his group on the inoculation with Treponema pallidum of human volunteers and the Oslo study of untreated syphilis are great contributions to syphilology, whether the conclusions are valid or not. In serology,

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