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June 3, 1933


Author Affiliations

St. Louis
From the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1933;100(22):1765-1766. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.27420220002009b

The subject of trichomonas vaginitis has received adequate attention in this country only in the last few years. Today, however, it is common knowledge that a copious, thin, yellow vaginal discharge with small air bubbles and a disagreeable odor represents a condition that is separate and distinct from all other forms of vaginitis; the physical characteristics of this discharge, the marked irritation of the vaginal mucosa and the intense discomfort are typical enough. To make the diagnosis absolutely certain, a drop of the discharge is diluted with a drop of water and examined under a cover glass or in the hanging drop, and the trichomonads are easily recognized by their lively rotating motion.

Trichomonas vaginitis is intractable by the usual therapy of vaginal discharge. That fact is best evidenced by the large number of methods that have been recommended; in the last few years no less than six different modes