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June 24, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(25):2012-2013. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740250034012

Vaginitis in young girls is a medical, social, sanitary and economic problem. It is a constant source of concern in the care of female infants and children and of young women, in home and school, in camp and orphan asylum, in day nursery, hospital, college, swimming pool, office and places of business. Little research or centralization of information on the subject has been done. As a detached problem, the control of vaginitis has engaged the attention of the general practitioner, the pediatrician, the gynecologist and the bacteriologist.

Brunet and others1 have studied the disease from clinical, bacteriologic and sociological points of view in a series of 332 young children referred because of vaginitis of supposed gonococcal origin. Two hundred and forty-one children were studied with relative completeness, including 175 in whom vaginal endoscopic examination was made. Most of the cases were in young children. The ages ranged from infants