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April 6, 1918

ARE DIPHTHEROIDS A FACTOR IN FEMALE STERILITY?

Author Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Genito-Urinary Surgery, Jefferson Medical College; Assistant Genito-Urinary Surgeon, Genito-Urinary Dispensary, University of Pennsylvania Hospital PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1918;70(14):977. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600140009003

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Abstract

The problem of sterility is of great importance to the human race. This is especially true at the present time when the flower of manhood and womanhood is being destroyed or maimed by war. We believe that the question of sterility does not receive sufficient study from investigators. With the dawn of peace will come the problem of the rehabilitation of mankind, and we feel that any procedure that offers assistance to humanity should be discussed. On matters of such magnitude as generation, we believe we shall be pardoned if we submit a single rather striking case for consideration. We aim to place before the profession a clinicolaboratory experience, hoping thereby to induce investigators of greater ability to study along this line. Valuable work has been done on the bacterial flora of the female genitalia. Little, if any, appears to have been done to ascertain the possible effects of such

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