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June 5, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(23):1745-1748. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670490007002

The favorable results reported by Corbus, from the use of diathermy in the treatment of gonorrheal urethritis and endocervicitis, encouraged me to investigate its feasibility as a therapeutic agent in intrapelvic infections of the female. If satisfactory results could be obtained in urethritis and endocervicitis, it seemed logical to expect that it might prove equally efficient in adnexal disease of gonorrheal origin.

The principle on which the germicidal influence of diathermy depends in gonococcal infections is the generation of heat in the tissues, sufficient to destroy the vitality of the bacteria. It is a well known fact that the gonococcus dies after an exposure for ten minutes to 42 C., and whatever success diathermy has achieved in the treatment of this type of infection is due to this biologic alteration.

It may be said, by way of explanation, that diathermy is the application to the body of an electrical high

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