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September 11, 1937


JAMA. 1937;109(11):876-877. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780370042016

Since the etiology of the disease described by this title is distinctly and definitely venereal, the term venereal lymphogranuloma is to be preferred to the numerous other eponyms or descriptive names that have been applied. The most common of the latter, which should now be relegated into the background and should be of interest only from the historical point of view, are lymphogranuloma inguinale, syphilitic bubo, Durand, Nicolas and Favre disease, climatic bubo, nontuberculous granuloma, granulomatosis lymphatosis and tropical bubo. The avoidance of the confusion caused by this unnecessary multiplicity of terms is now especially important in view of the great extension of the disease, which is spread over every quarter of the globe and is found along the coasts of Africa, in the two continents of America and in Asia, as well as in Australia.

The disease is probably due to a virus, but the specific agent has not

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