National Geographic : 1937 Feb
The Great Imitator iE next great plague to go is syphilis, prey, especially babies born with syph SDr. Thomas Parran, Surgeon Gen- ilis. Early and competent prenatal care eral of the United States Public Health of syphilitic mothers can prevent most Service, has stated that a major objec- cases of congenital syphilis-children tive of his administration is to stamp born diseased, blind or deaf, or with out syphilis, crippled bodies or minds. Dr. Parran reports that in the Scandina- As a rule, syphilis cannot be diagnosed vian countries an aroused public opin- from outward signs alone, because often ion caused the governments to take there are none. The presence of syphilis effective measures which have reduced can be positively determined only by syphilis to negligible proportions. Less medical examination and laboratory than 1600 new cases were found in Nor- tests. Too frequently its victims appeal way, Sweden and Denmark during the to the medical charlatan and the quack past year. who promise speedy and sure cures. * * There is no quick nor short-cut method of cur In the United States, according to the ing syphilis. Treatments must be regular, S best evidence, there are more than a usually weekly, for a period of many half million new cases of syphilis every months. Because obvious signs and year seeking medical care. Of these, symptoms often disappear after a few only one in five gets into the hands of treatments, many patients consider competent physicians soon enough to themselves cured and stop treatments. receive the full benefit of early and con- This may be an irreparable mistake. tinued treatment. The full effects of the disease may " '/Z not appear until years later. Only In its early stages, this virulent in- the doctor, with repeated blood fection can usually be completely ' tests as his guide, can determine cured by experienced, licensed phy- when a cure has been effected. sicians. Much can be done even for those suffering from the disease in Prevention, early diagnosis and those suffering from the disease in thorough treatment will overcome its advanced stages. Syphilis is then this most dangerousentwill overcome "Th Gthis most dangerous enemy of man "The Great Imitator. It may mas- kind. Send for a free copy of the querade as heart, lung, throat or Mketropolan booklet, cThe Great kidney trouble; as a form of skin tImitator." Address Booklet De disease or as rheumatism. It often arme 27-N attacks the brain or spinal cord. It partment 237-N. may result in blindness, deafness, ** * paralysis, or insanity. On February 3rd, 1937, the first National So Social Hygiene Day, public health Many persons are unaware of their authorities and local organizations all infection. The disease may be passed over the country will discuss the con infection. The disease may be passed trol of syphilis. The American Social Unknowingly from one person to Hygiene Association, 50 West 50th St., another. Fathers and mothers have New York, N. Y., will be glad to send infected their children in this way. literature and full particulars regarding Most tragic of all are its innocent .l the meetings. Keep Healthy-Be Examined Regularly METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER, Chairman of the Board LEROY A. LINCoLN, President ONE MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N.Y . Copyright. 1937, by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company _ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ _ __ ^_ _ __ __ibf "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."