October 12, 1889

THE PRINCIPLES THAT SHOULD GUIDE US IN THE RATIONAL TREATMENT OF GONORRHŒA.Read before the Mississippi Valley Medical Association, September, 1889.

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JAMA. 1889;XIII(15):519-522. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401110013001e

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If we were to reckon progress in medicine by stages, we could select no more apt a term for designating the present one than that of the Stage of Bacteriology. Bacteriology has assumed such an important rôle in all that relates to medicine or surgery, that our attention is drawn to it in the consideration of almost every subject in medical or surgical science. And yet, dropping from this lofty plane of thought, which tempts us into the field of glittering generalities, and limiting ourselves to the more practical question at hand, let us inquire, what has this all-absorbing and comprehensive study and knowledge of bacteriology done for assistance in the treatment of gonorrhœa? Has the hope of aborting, of quelling, of exterminating the disease by a treatment based on the discovery, study and acquaintance with the life history of that sturdy villain, the gonococcus, been realized? Have the methods

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