The past 12 years have witnessed nearly incredible developments in the epidemiology, treatment, and laboratory diagnosis of syphilis, all of which are of major importance to the internist.
Accurate data as to the incidence and prevalence of syphilis are not available in the U. S. prior to 1941; and a breakdown by stage of disease (i.e., the number of fresh infections, thereby permitting an estimate of trend of incidence) first began to show some accuracy in 1943.
The numbers of cases reported to the Public Health Service among civilians in the Continental U. S. (excluding territories
THE CHANGING PATTERN OF SYPHILIS 1941-1953. Ann Intern Med. ;39:644–649. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-39-3-644
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