Abstract IN THE PRESENT state of our knowledge the treatment of syphilis necessarily resolves itself into the treatment of the disease not as a whole but rather in its various stages. At this time the early and late stages of the disease pose different therapeutic problems. This fact becomes evident when one recalls the disparity in results now obtained by therapy in the different stages of syphilis. The problem of the successful treatment of seronegative primary syphilis can be considered solved, for no matter what schedule of intensive penicillin therapy is instituted, a satisfactory outcome can be expected, with this drug alone, in nearly 100 per cent of the patients treated. Less can be said for the treatment of the disease in the seropositive primary stage. Here the best reported results from penicillin therapy are perhaps no better than success in 92 per cent of the cases. This poorer showing is References 1. Eagle, H.; Magnuson, H. T., and Fleischman, R.: The Synergistic Action of Penicillin and Mapharsen (Oxophenarsine Hydrochloride) in the Treatment of Experimental Syphilis , J. Ven. Dis. Inform. 27:3-9 ( (Jan.) ) 1946. 2. Kolmer, J. A.: Penicillin in the Treatment of Experimental Syphilis of Rabbits: II. Synergistic or Additive Activity of Penicillin, Oxophenarsine Hydrochloride and Bismuth Potassium Tartrate , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 56:179-186 ( (Aug.) ) 1947 3. IV. The Synergistic or Additive Activity of Penicillin by Oral Administration with Oxophenarsine Hydrochloride ("Mapharsen") by Intravenous and Intramuscular Injection and Bismuth Salicylate by Intramuscular Injection , Kolmer Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 57:965-974 ( (June) ) 1948. 4. Magnuson, H. J., and Rosenau, B. J.: Bismuth plus Penicillin in the Treatment of Experimental Syphilis , Am. J. Syph., Gonor. & Ven. Dis. 32:203-211 ( (May) ) 1948. 5. Eames, J. W., and Miller, D. H.: Treatment of Early Syphilis with Penicillin Combined with Neoarsphenamine and Bismuth , Brit. M. J. 2:672-676 ( (Sept. 24) ) 1949. 6. Pardo-Costello, V., and Pardo, O. A.: Treatment of Early Syphilis with Penicillin and Bismuth Subsalicylate: Daily Injection of 500,000 Units of Penicillin G in Sodium Chloride Solution for Twenty Consecutive Days and Ten to Twenty Doses of Bismuth Subsalicylate at the Rate of Two a Week , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 61:196-209 ( (Feb.) ) 1950. 7. Schoch, A. G., and Alexander, L. J.: Treatment of Early Syphilis with Penicillin , J. A. M. A. 130:696-698 ( (March 16) ) 1946. 8. McElligott, G. L. M.; Jefferis, F. J. G., and Willcox, R. R.: Treatment of Early Syphilis with Penicillin, Neoarsphenamine and Bismuth , Brit. J. Ven. Dis. 24:45-49, 1948. 9. Rauschkolb, J. E., and Cole, H. N.: The Treatment of Syphilis with Penicillin in Oil and Wax U. S. P.: Analysis of 153 Cases , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 60:676-689 ( (Nov.) ) 1949. 10. Miescher, G., in discussion on Treatment of Syphilis with Penicillin , Arch. f. Dermat. u. Syph. 189:126, 1949. 11. Merklen, F. P., and Vermeil, G.: Traitement antisyphilitique d'attaque de blanchiment rapide pénicilline-arsenical , Paris méd. 37:54-56 ( (Feb. 1) ) 1947 12. Merklen, F. P., and Nezelof, C.: Essai de traitement acceléré de la syphilis: assaut massif arsenico-bismuthique associé à des doses réduites de pénicilline , Paris méd. 37:119-120 ( (March 8) ) 1947. 13. Harris, A.; Rosenberg, A. A., and Del Vecchio, E. R.: The V. D. R. L. Slide Flocculation Test for Syphilis: II. A Supplementary Report , J. Ven. Dis. Inform. 29:72-75 ( (March) ) 1948. 14. Chargin, L.; Sobel, N.; Rein, C., and Rosenthal, T.: Treatment of Early Syphilis with Penicillin Injection in Oil and Wax U. S. P.: Report of 153 Cases , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 59:595-605 ( (June) ) 1949. 15. Kaplan, B. I., and Brightman, I. J.: Studies on Therapeutic Procedures in Latent and Late Syphilis: Quantitative Serologic Titers Following Intensive Mapharsen Drip Therapy in Latent Syphilis , Am. J. Syph., Gonor. & Ven. Dis. 28:192-199 ( (March) ) 1944. 16. Moore, J. E.; Kemp, J. E., and others: The Modern Treatment of Syphilis , ed. 2, Springfield, Ill., Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 1941, p. 263. 17. Mahoney, J. F.: Quarterly Bulletin , New York City, Department of Health, ( (Spring) ) 1950, page 1, vol. 18.
A.M.A. Archives of Dermatology & Syphilology – American Medical Association
Published: Jan 1, 1951