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PRENATAL SYPHILIS, WITH A PLEA FOR ITS STUDY AND PREVENTION

JOHN A. KOLMER, M.D., DR.P.H., M.SC. (Hon.)
Am J Dis Child. 1920;19(5):344-348. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1920.01910230014003.
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Recent events, and particularly the mobilization and demobilization of troops, has greatly renewed interest in the venereal diseases and aroused considerable concern by reason of their already wide distribution in civilian populations and the danger of further dissemination under existing conditions. Federal, state and municipal health authorities are generally aroused to the dangers of the situation, and are taking steps calculated to limit the spread of venereal diseases, and especially syphilis, and to facilitate their diagnosis and treatment. In this movement all physicians cannot fail to have an interest, and in choosing a subject for this address, I thought the time opportune for bringing before you the necessity of deeper clinical and immunologic study of prenatal syphilis and a consideration of ways and means for reducing the incidence of this disease and thereby reducing infant mortality in general, as well as entering into the general movement against the menace of

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