The chief purpose of this study is to determine the value of the roentgenogram in the diagnosis of congenital syphilis and to correlate the roentgenologic picture with the underlying pathologic changes. The observations are based on the examination of more than 1,500 x-ray films of syphilitic infants, many of which were studied serially. It is not intended to offer the roentgenologist or clinician a substitute for scrupulous, critical examination, nor is it suggested that roentgenology will ever assume the place now held by serology in the diagnosis of the disease. It is only by the correlation of clinical, serologic and roentgenologic observations that knowledge of congenital syphilis will be furthered.
The rigidity of bone is maintained by the calcium salts which are in a fine state of dispersion and reflect the structural organization of the organic constituents. By virtue of their ability to interrupt the passage of the x-rays, the
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