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June 2, 1906


Author Affiliations

Professor of Dermatology in the Michigan College of Medicine and Surgery. DETROIT.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(22):1682-1685. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510490026001h

The rational treatment of this affection depends on the etiologic factors that are responsible for its causation. The non-specific forms demand an entirely different regimen than the specific variety. We must endeavor in all cases to eliminate the cause so far as possible. To dwell at length on the treatment of the various types of the malady under discussion would require more time and space than has been allotted to me. Suffice to state, however, that urethritis dependent on certain dyscrasiæ and diatheses must receive their adequate consideration before we can expect favorable results. To treat any given case of urethritis merely with a hand injection and the internal exhibition of some nondescript "urinary antiseptic," without having recourse to physical, urinary and microscopic examination, if necessary, is just as absurd as to treat the symptoms of a febrile disorder, without taking cognizance of the specific elements which may have precipitated

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