Proceedings of the World Forum on Syphilis and other Treponematoses

Washington, D.C., September 4–8, 1962. Sponsors: American Social Health Association, American Venereal Disease Association, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service. Participating Agencies: World Health Organization, International Union Against the Venereal Diseases and the Treponematoses. x + 521 pages, illustrated. U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Communicable Disease Center, Venereal Disease Branch, Atlanta, Georgia. For sale by Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C. 20402. 1964. $4.00

Thomas B. Turner The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

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This large volume contains nearly one hundred papers covering various aspects of syphilis and other treponemal diseases: public health methods, 36 papers; diagnostic, therapeutic and research problem, 32; the behavioral sciences as related to the venereal disease problem, 24; and the usual ceremonial addresses. The whole makes an impressive repository of current knowledge of the treponematoses.

The papers on public health methods generally cover familiar ground, with a full complement of the exhortatory. Thorsten Guthe's paper, however, contains much useful and, on the whole, new information on the distribution and other epidemiological features of the various treponematoses throughout the world.

The Medical Section of the volume includes papers dealing importantly with the newer diagnostic tests and their practical application, several papers on the immunological aspects of Treponema pallidum and related spirochetes, and three papers on the growing problem of hypersensitivity.The most startling presentation of the symposium was that by Collart and his colleagues in Paris who reported the persistence of treponemes in thelymph nodes of rabbits and human beings despite what is generally regarded as adequate penicillin therapy; clearly it is imperative that these findings be confirmed as soon as practicable.

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