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December 19, 1966

New Weapons To Fight Gonorrhea

JAMA. 1966;198(12):37-38. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110250019007

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Despite traditional control measures, the number of reported cases of gonorrhea is continuing to climb.

But an unprecedented armamentarium is being developed by investigators in search of answers, which might include a vaccine.

"We ought to be able to come up with something if anybody ever is going to," researcher Leslie C. Norins told JAMA Medical News.

At 29, Dr. Norins has the MD degree and a PhD in experimental medicine. He is the youngest director in the history of one of the oldest formally constituted laboratories in the nation—the Venereal Disease Research Laboratory at the US Public Health Service's Communicable Disease Center in Atlanta.

What has happened to the traditional "treat the patient, find the contacts and treat them, and hope to slow down the infection" pattern?

In addition to inherent problems of the pattern including social attitudes, incomplete reporting, and difficulties in tracing and treating contacts, Dr. Norins