WARFIELD GARSON, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.M.
From 1947 to 1955, one of the most unusual and precipitous declines in the reported morbidity of a chronic, social, communicable disease ever observed in the history of our country was recorded. This disease was syphilis. As can be noted in table 1, there was roughly a 68% decline in reported cases of syphilis during these years. The rates for this disease declined over 71%, while cases of infectious syphilis declined approximately 94% during the same time. Observe further that since 1955 there appears to be a leveling off or plateau of reported cases. This leveling off of total syphilis
GARSON W. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LABORATORY DIAGNOSIS OF SYPHILIS1. Ann Intern Med. ;51:748–758. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-51-4-748
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1959;51(4):748-758.
Infectious Disease, Sexually Transmitted Infections.
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