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November 22, 1941


Author Affiliations

Commissioner of Health; NEW YORK
From the Department of Health, City of New York (Drs. Cohn and Steer) and the Department of Pediatrics, New York University and the Children's Medical Service of Bellevue Hospital (Dr. Adler).

JAMA. 1941;117(21):1766-1769. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820470014004

The New York City Department of Health, with the cooperation of the United States Public Health Service, in 1938 began research on gonococcic vaginitis with the object of studying diagnosis, criteria of cure and epidemiology and of evaluating different methods of treatment. This report summarizes the more important conclusions reached and expresses our agreed opinion and that of the members of the advisory committee1 who so ably guided the work.

Since the inception of this study, 381 (22.2 per cent) of 1,715 children examined were found to have gonococcic vaginitis. The infected children were examined once a week until the diagnostic laboratory procedures had given negative results for about eight successive weeks, after which they were examined at monthly intervals. Material for examination was obtained by inserting a glass female catheter containing saline solution into the vagina. Portions of the same specimen of exudate were used for smear and