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December 15, 1934


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JAMA. 1934;103(24):1819-1821. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750500001001

No one would deny that the interest in gonococcic infections is greater today than at any time since the epoch making work of such men as Finger, Neisser and Bumm focused medical attention on this disease as it never had been centered before. They started the march of progress along scientific lines that soon were abandoned to a great degree when physicians began to search for drugs to kill gonococci. This long quest for bactericides that would penetrate tissue and kill gonococci had a definite tendency to narrow the field of vision until one thought almost solely in terms of gonococci and chemicals with which to kill them. But most of this is changed now and physicians are thinking largely in terms of patients and gonococci, with bactericidal dreams far in the background. Assuredly it is in this direction that progress lies.

With such a salutary change in view, it

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