WILLIAM J. BROWN, M.D.
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On January 6, 1969, a private physician in a western state reported a case of primary syphilis in a 34-year-old man to the county health department. With the doctor's permission, a public-health epidemiologist interviewed the patient who identified two recent female sexual contacts, one of whom was found 4 days later to have syphilis in an early, latent stage.
So far, there is nothing unusual in this story, but 23 days before her diagnosis of syphilis, the infected woman had been hospitalized for pelvic inflammatory disease, had remained in the hospital 16 days, and had been discharged without a single
BROWN WJ. Eradication of Syphilis: The Missing Element. Ann Intern Med. 1970;72:278–280. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-2-278
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(2):278-280.
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