THIS IS the thirteenth annual review1 of the literature on syphilis. Its content is selected from publications, mostly American, which have appeared during the year ending July 1, 1948. A mere trickle of material of interest is to be found in foreign journals. A marked, and possibly permanent, shift from metal chemotherapy to penicillin in the treatment of syphilis, the tentative crystallization of optimal methods of penicillin treatment in various manifestations of syphilitic disease as a result of nearly five years of study and an intense and diverse activity in the field of serodiagnosis appear to have been dominating interests during the past year.
HISTORY OF SYPHILIS
Truffi2 presents a detailed story of the life of Hieronymus Fracastor, better known for poetic than for scientific works. Besides the immortal poem "Syphilis Sive Morbus Gallicus" (Verona, 1530), Fracastor wrote other treatises on medicine. One of the best known of