April 3, 1954


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JAMA. 1954;154(14):1198-1199. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940480050020

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To the Editor:—  A recent article (J. A. M. A.154:333 [Jan. 23] 1954) reported on 70 men and 24 women with genital warts. Of the women, who were wives of returnees from the Far East, nine were pregnant and two were four to six weeks post partum. Because the transmissions were probably by sexual intercourse, genital warts were classified as a venereal disease. Transmissibility of all kinds of warts by contact is an established fact, but why should genital warts be classified as venereal? To poll dermatological opinion on this point, I sent out 336 questionnaires to dermatosyphilologists in the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Cuba, and Puerto Rico in which I asked: 1. Do you believe it is correct to consider condyloma acuminatum a venereal disease? 2. Do you approve the use of the term "venereal wart" as a synonym of condyloma acuminatum?Of the questionnaires sent

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