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July 6, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(1):44. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530010048004

The process of swinging the pendulum of medical opinion is an interesting one, both to the onlooker and to the participant, and it is undoubtedly beneficial exercise for the pendulum. Probably no pendulum has been more extremely overbalanced than the one carrying the status of the frequency and the late results of gonorrhea, since it was pushed to the farthest limits by Ricord, Lesser and others, who incriminated practically the entire masculine gender. It seems to have been gladly accepted that at least 80 per cent., if not 99 per cent., of all men have suffered from gonorrhea at least once; perhaps because such a conclusion permits the man who has been infected to look on himself as quite as good as his fellows, while he who has escaped the disease can boast himself as remarkably virtuous—or fortunate. Likewise the claims of Noeggerath and others as to the prevalence of

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