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January 1961

Syphilis: Review of the Recent Literature, 1959-1960

Author Affiliations


From the University of Pennsylvania, Departments of Dermatology, School of Medicine (Dr. Donald M. Pillsbury, Chairman), and the Graduate School of Medicine (Dr. Herman Beerman, Chairman). Dr. Guthe is with the World Health Organization.

Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(1):121-140. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620010125020

The recrudescence of syphilis noted in previous reviews1 is of paramount interest in this 26th annual survey of syphilis. This is evidenced by an avalanche of items in both lay and semi-medical press. For example: The Hydra's Back in Business (April 18, 1960, Medical Tribune); Venereal Ills Held a Big Problem Still (New York Times, January 24, 1960); V.D. Up (Time, February 29, 1960); Syphilis is Found on Rise in Nation (New York Times, February 24, 1960); Rising Vene-real Disease is Public Health Menace (The Evening Bulletin [Philadelphia] October 15, 1959). These notices, observed in a limited area, can be multiplied by the myriads of news media all over the country. How serious the actual increase is may be found in the Annual Joint Statement on Today's Venereal Disease Control Problem, sponsored by the American Social Health Association.2 This compilation, developed from information provided by the health