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January 19, 1935

TREATMENT OF A CASE OF CHRONIC VAGINITIS WITH PHENYLMERCURIC NITRATE

JAMA. 1935;104(3):212-213. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.92760030001010a

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Abstract

It is a matter of common knowledge that it may be extremely difficult to cure a leukorrheal condition. In attempting to do so, the first requisite is to determine the cause. This in itself may be no easy task, and success need not necessarily lead to cure. Bacterial infection, the invasion of parasites, and anatomic and even physiologic conditions all have to be considered. Often several factors from different sources act together in what may be a distressing condition for the patient. So-called remedies are numerous and too often are useless. The case reported here seems to be worth putting on record for two reasons. The first is that it resisted all efforts at treatment for five and one-half years. The second is that cure finally was promptly, and apparently permanently, brought about through the use of douches of phenylmercuric nitrate.

In the fall of 1928 an unmarried woman in her late thirties

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