Excerpt from The Modern View of Syphilis and Its TreatmentSome years ago I was called to see a patient whom I found unconscious, exhibiting indefinite cerebral symptoms. I was told that the physician who saw the case before me called it ptomaineMoreExcerpt from The Modern View of Syphilis and Its TreatmentSome years ago I was called to see a patient whom I found unconscious, exhibiting indefinite cerebral symptoms.
I was told that the physician who saw the case before me called it ptomaine poisoning, while another considered it typhoid fever. I rather favored the diagnosis of typhoid fever, but after a weeks observation came to the conclusion that it was a case of cerebral syphilis, a diagnosis which was verified by the subsequent success of the specific treatment.
This case, which is one of those published in this book, (Case 1), led me to further investigate the pathological conditions which syphilis, not recognized as well as recognized, produces in man.The recognition of primary or secondary syphilis is usually a matter of no great difficulty. The patient presents himself promptly to the genito-urinary specialist, undergoes treatment for a year or two, or at least until his symptoms have disappeared, and then withdraws from medical control. In later years, however, he may come under the charge of the general practitioner, complaining of symptoms often exceedingly difficult of interpretation.
The physician, in spite of a due appreciation of the clinical symptoms of latent syphilis, and especially in cases where there is an absence of a specific history, is often in the greatest doubt as to whether latent syphilis is present, the more so since the means for its detection have been until recently so uncertain.
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