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Baumès law

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Colles' law

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Description


A child that is affected with congenital syphilitis, born from a mother showing no signs of the disease, will not infect its mother.

We have this description in French (Dictionnaire des termes techniques de médecine):
Loi qui régit la syphilis par conception. Une mère peut donner naissance à un enfant syphilitique du fait du père, sans présenter elle-même d'accidents spécifiques. Elle est néanmoins à l'abri de la contagion et peut nourrir son enfant, même si ce dernier présente des accidents buccaux. Actuellement on admet que la mère elle-même est infectée.

This law from the time before the discovery of Spirochaeta pallida is based upon clinical observations. His conclusion was wrong, however, as Colles was ignorant of the fact that the mother already had the disease.

Bibliography

A. Colles:
Practical observations on the venereal disease, and on the use of mercury.
London, Sherwood, Gilbert & Piper, 1837. Page 304.

Prosper Baumès:
Précis théorique et pratique sur les maladies véneriennes.
2 volumes. Paris, J.-B. Baillièrre, and Lyon, 1840.

Dictionnaire des termes techniques de médecine. Libraire Maloine S.A. Paris, 1970.

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