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THE HOSPITAL OPPORTUNITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE SYPHILITIC

HENRY ROCKWELL VARNEY, M.D.
JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(26):1953-1954. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270060361001.
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In contrasting the hospital attitude of today with that of twenty-five or even ten years past, we are gratified to note the broadening attitude now extended the syphilitic everywhere. It has been only a short time since a known syphilitic was barred from hospital care and sent to the outpatient department for treatment which he received for symptoms only, and was then lost, the staff assuming no responsibility for further treatment or for the safety of the uninfected. Today, still increasing numbers of general hospitals not only admit to their special wards patients with all stages of syphilis for treatment and control, but are administering a far greater service in educating not only the syphilitic, but also the interns and nurses who administer to his care and treatment. A growing responsibility, then, confronts every general hospital toward the syphilitic, and on our shoulders rests the mission of driving home this

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