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July 1920


Am J Dis Child. 1920;20(1):29-54. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1920.01910250037005

INTRODUCTION  It is a truism that no tissue of the body is exempt from the ravages of syphilis, and as no tissue is exempt, so every organ may be invaded by one or more of the multiform manifestations of this disease. This statement applies equally to inherited as well as to acquired syphilis.So multifarious and far reaching are the aspects of syphilis, both medical and social, that many master minds have deemed the study of this disease worthy of a life time of intense application. Some of the most brilliant deductions on which our present fairly exact knowledge of the disease is based were made by clinicians prior to the discovery of the spirochaeta pallida. Among the many investigators, two names will go down to posterity as the fathers of modern syphilology—Hutchinson and Fournier.The knowledge that the eye might be affected in syphilis was known to