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March 1962

Syphilis: Review of the Recent Literature, 1960-1961

Author Affiliations


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

Arch Intern Med. 1962;109(3):323-344. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620150073012

The reawakening of syphilis, mentioned repeatedly in previous Reviews,1 has reached a point beyond the expectations of the most pessimistic during the 27th Review period (July, 1960—July, 1961). The lay and semimedical press have announced this in hundreds of items in their headlines, such as: Runaway Rise in New VD Cases2; Syphilis Rise Stirs Action3; Primary and Secondary Cases of Syphilis in Florida Rise at "Disturbing Rate"4; Venereal Diseases Up5; Venereal Disease Figure in New York Highest in 10 Years6; Exhibit Shows How Syphilis Is "Disguised"7; Syphilis Resurgence8; Gonorrhea and Syphilis—A New Problem9; The Venereal Disease Problem Has a New Look10; Old Plague— New Challenge—Venereal Disease11; Return of an Old Scourge12; Early Syphilis Epidemics in Arizona13; Venereal Disease: Is It Increasing in Mississippi?14; Reappearance of Syphilis: High Percentage Among Homosexuals15; Increase in Syphilis16; Increase

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