Cutaneous Manifestations and Management of Syphilis

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The study of syphilis has helped define the field of dermatology. Known as the “great imitator,” syphilis has a number of cutaneous manifestations that have been carefully documented by scholars and physicians for several centuries; some believe that these intricate descriptions helped form the language of dermatology. Given the importance of syphilology in the development of dermatology as a field, and as an infectious disease with significant sequelae, we present a summary of the clinical manifestations and management of syphilis.

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