MEDICINE: Up from a Count of Nine

When the members of the American Academy of Dermatology and Syphilology met in Chicago last week, many thought that the time had come to drop the "and Syphilology" from the group's cumbersome title. After all, penicillin has been knocking out syphilis right & left, and modern treatment (one to five shots) can easily be given by general practitioners. It looked as though syphilis no longer required the services of specialists, or even much attention. Some hospitals reported difficulty getting enough cases for long term research.

Before the week was well along, the...

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