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Syphilis and Malignant Disease. A Serological Study.

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By FRY H. J. B..  (The Jour. of Hygiene. , XXIX., 1930.).


Ann Intern Med. 1930;4(4):408-409. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-4-4-408
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There exists some doubt as to the exact importance to be attributed to syphilis in the etiology of malignant disease. Esmarch (1889) believed that malignant disease was referable to a predisposition inherited from syphilitic forebears. Syphilis has also been regarded by French writers as of great importance in the production of cancer, who have termed it "le lit du cancer". Others regard the relationship as less definite. Foerster found only 4 positive Wassermanns in 35 cases of cancer; Caan had positive results in 41 per cent of 85 cases of carcinoma; Fox found 5 positive reactions in 207 cases of

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