Dental evidence of congenital syphilis in a 19th century cemetery from the mid-hudson valley
Article first published online: 19 JAN 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 371–378, May/June 2011
How to Cite
Nystrom, K. C. (2011), Dental evidence of congenital syphilis in a 19th century cemetery from the mid-hudson valley. Int. J. Osteoarchaeol., 21: 371–378. doi: 10.1002/oa.1142
- Issue published online: 19 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 19 JAN 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 DEC 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 5 NOV 2009
- Manuscript Received: 18 AUG 2009
- congenital syphilis;
- dental stigmata;
- enamel hypoplasia
The purpose of this communication is to provide a description of a pattern of enamel defects that are consistent with a diagnosis of congenital syphilis. While there is an abundance of literature documenting the skeletal manifestations of congenital syphilis, the description, and particularly the depiction, of the dental stigmata associated with this disease are rare in the paleopathological literature. This report describes enamel defects in the unerupted permanent dentition of two subadults recovered from a historic cemetery in Newburgh, New York. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.