A perusal of the American literature of the last ten years on the pathology of the stomach would indicate that gastric syphilis was a comparatively common condition. Many clinicians report a series of from twenty to thirty cases of syphilis of the stomach and certainly give the impression that not only is gastric syphilis common, but that it is also readily recognized clinically as well as at operation. A few critical reports have inadequately dispelled this idea, and up to the publication of the splendid review of Hartwell1 there has been no critical analysis of the subject or of the reported data on syphilis of the stomach.
Gastric syphilis is not frequent and its clinical and histologic recognition is by no means simple or easy. Among the great number of gastric lesions seen by us within the last few years, there were three cases of peculiar ulcerations which by