ALFREDS RIMSA, M.D.; GEORGE C. GRIFFITH, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Cardiovascular syphilis remains a serious threat to life and health despite its decreasing incidence and the increasingly efficient armamentarium of the cardiologist. This study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of cardiovascular syphilis in similar hospital populations, to describe changing methods of diagnosis and treatment, and to determine, insofar as possible, the effect of such treatment on the course of the disease.
According to the records of the Los Angeles County Hospital for 1945-1954, 1,002 persons were admitted during that period with diagnoses of "cardiovascular syphilis," "blood vessel syphilis" and/or "aneurysm of thoracic aorta." Charts of 954 of these
RIMSA A, GRIFFITH GC. TRENDS IN CARDIOVASCULAR SYPHILIS1. Ann Intern Med. 1957;46:915–924. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-46-5-915
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;46(5):915-924.
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