Until fifty years ago there were sporadic attempts at treating gonorrhea by means of local measures, but practically the treatment was limited to internal medication. The patients were placed on a more or less severe diet, they were purged, and the different herbs and balsamic remedies were fed to them in the form of pills, drops, electuaries, decoctions and emulsions. Frequently the kidneys received injuries from which they did not always recover.
The results as to the cure of the gonorrhea were prompt in some cases and lingering in others; some patients were never cured. The reasons given by practitioners to explain failures were transgressions against diet, transgressions against the prescribed mode of living, sexual excitement, and reinfection. These excuses became standard and have not changed much in the last fifty years.
Then came Sigmund of Vienna, with his urethral syringe, made of zinc, the barrel all one
VECKI VG. FIFTY YEARS OF PROGRESS IN THE TREATMENT OF GONORRHEA. JAMA. 1925;85(21):1609–1612. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670210011004
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