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February 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(2):324-340. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270140146018

Conjugal, Prenatal, and Congenital Syphilis 

Problem of Late Conjugal Syphilis.  — Kiersnicka and Wasik102 report that 64 conjugal pairs affected by late syphilis were examined. For this study, only those pairs of patients were selected in whom a probable mutual infection was discovered, untreated, or treated in an identical manner in both. A high percentage of syphilis of the nervous system (48%) was revealed, with a distinct majority in men. Syphilis of the cardiovascular system was found in 17.3%. In 7.8% of the cases syphilis attacked the nervous and cardiovascular systems. In almost half of the married couples (17 couples) syphilis of the nervous system was found in both men and women. In 18 couples, syphilis of the nervous system appeared in only one partner. Analysis of the results seems to suggest a necessity for more frequent neurologic control and proper treatment of one partner. Analysis of the results seems

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