December 9, 1968

Antibiotic Treatment of Venereal Diseases

Author Affiliations

Hartford, Conn


edited by A. Luger, 187 pp, 22 illus, $12.75, Basel: S. Karger AG (White Plains, NY: Albert J. Phiebig), 1968.

JAMA. 1968;206(11):2528. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150110076035

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This agglomeration of eight papers from two 1967 international congresses—chemotherapy (Vienna) and dermatology (Munich)—falls disappointingly short of providing the up-to-date reference work the title suggests it might. Two thirds of the book covers the antibiotic therapy of syphilis in monotonous and repetitious detail. Additional chapters briefly consider gonorrhea in the male, trichomoniasis, and nonspecific urethritis, but other venereal diseases are entirely ignored.

Inevitably, with a heterogeneous group of authors such as this, the scope, style, content, and overall quality of individual papers vary greatly. "Antibiotic Treatment of Syphilis" by Guthe and Idsøe and "Trichomoniasis — Metronidazole" by Durell et al best fulfill the intent of this book, with concise and informative discussions of recent advances and problems encountered in therapy. "Late Syphilis— Prevention and Treatment" by A. Perdrup and "Causes and Treatment of Nonspecific Urethritis in the Male" by J. Meyer-Rohn, on the other hand, contribute little and would better