Excerpt from The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 72: The Official Organ of the Massachusetts Medical Society; April 1, 1915
For the purpose of finding out how definite a menace individual cases of syphilis may be to the community, sixty cases in the early stages were selected as they happened to come to the Skin department of the Boston Dispensary and the relation of their infectiousness to their as sociates studied. The tabulations include sex, age, marital relation, occupation, duration of the disease in weeks, presenting symptoms, methods of living and eating, the number of persons exposed through coitus since infection, the number definitely exposed through family life or association in boarding houses, the num ber of co-workers exposed; and the number of known infections from the case in hand. The co-workers' exposure column includes only those that came in active contact with the infected per son through toilets, drinking facilities, etc. No attempt was made to record the number of per sons exposed by casual contact as for instance, - eating in the same restaurant, being waited on in a store, or consuming food products handled by the infected person. The table in full with a more detailed explanation of some of the more striking cases is as follows.
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