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ASSISTANT-SURGEON TO ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S HOSPITAL;
DURING THE LATE WAR IN THE CRIMEA.
2 33 c'78 1857
In the publication of this Report, I have purposely abstained from quoting the opinions of others as far as possible, feeling that personal experience alone upon
such a subject can now be acceptable to the profession. I mean no disrespect to those who have preceded me in this inquiry, as I am acquainted with the opinions they have expressed, and have perused their works with interest.
Venereal diseases are seen in the public hospitals upon a large scale. Their frequency must be a source of regret to all, invading as they do every branch of society. But I am far from regarding them in that very serious light which some would make us believe,—that they are interminable in their results, and pass out of one infection from generation to generation, blighting the growth, and being the parent of an endless variety of ailments.
It appears to me that the poison in general wears itself out, except in the very severe cases. Fortunately, the transmission of Syphilis from parent to offspring is comparatively uncommon.