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March 20, 1937


Author Affiliations


From the University of California and Stanford University surgical services, San Francisco Hospital, Unit of San Francisco Department of Public Health, and the George Williams Hooper Foundation, University of California.

JAMA. 1937;108(12):961-965. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780120031008

Lymphogranuloma inguinale has become recognized throughout the civilized world as a relatively common disease. Numerous articles on this subject have been published in North American medical journals during the past year, remarkably few, however, from the western part of the United States.

The object of this paper is primarily to stress the incidence of lymphogranuloma inguinale in California. We hope that, through the stimulation of a general interest in this disease in California, sufficient material will become available to facilitate a more thorough study of its clinical manifestations, treatment and prevention. If the opinion of European authorities is to be accepted, we are confronted with a widespread, extremely chronic and devastating disease which is eventually fatal in its termination. With our present knowledge, the only means of control of the disease lies in the field of preventive medicine. Published reports would indicate that the disease is becoming more and more