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January 1960

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. Donald M. Pillsbury, Professor), and the Graduate School of Medicine (Dr. Herman Beerman, Chairman). Dr. Guthe and Dr. Hackett are with the World Health Organization.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;105(1):145-167. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270130161021

The 24th Annual Review of Syphilis (July 1, 1958, to July 1, 1959) echoes many of the problems discussed in the 23d review.1 It is still evident that, although much progress has been made, syphilis again threatens world health especially as far as teenagers and homosexuals are concerned. The world literature is replete with evidence of this recrudescense. Beerman,2 in a discussion presented as part of a symposium held in memory of Dr. Charles R. Rein, entitled "Syphilis and Related Treponematoses in the World Today," tried to give answers for the following questions: What has penicillin done? Is syphilis dead? What is the evidence for or against this? What are still problems in syphilis, and what is the future of syphilis? Dr. Rein,3 crystallized the essence of the present problem of syphilis when he stated that as physicians, "We have the diagnostic tools and the therapeutic agents

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