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March 2, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(9):800-801. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520350058007

Some weeks ago1 we called attention to the series of papers dealing with venereal diseases, read at the Boston session of the Association, the jemote effect of these diseases on married women, and the physician's duty to the public in connection with this question. Shortly before Erb2 of Heidelberg, in a valuable paper, gave the results of his own experience in the matter of gonorrheal infection and came to the conclusion that the figures usually cited as giving accurate data as to the prevalence of gonorrhea are erroneous, the error being on the side of over-estimation. Erb had been collecting data bearing on the subject for some time, but his views were, perhaps, directly called forth by a paper of Blaschko, which contained figures purporting to show that every man who did not marry until the age of 30 had had gonorrhea at least twice. Previous to Blaschko's

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