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August 2, 1947

The Unconquered Plague: A Popular Story of Gonorrhea

JAMA. 1947;134(14):1208. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880310066035

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With a matter of fact attitude that is more impressive than that taken by the alarmists, the author of this little volume has done an excellent job of presenting the problem of venereal disease control, and specifically gonorrhea. It is a dispassionately frank discussion of the way in which this "commonest plague of mankind" is perpetuated. There is no false overemphasis on the sordid aspects but neither is their importance overlooked. The historical data are presented in a chronological account that makes extremely interesting reading. The volume contains ten chapters in which the great antiquity of gonorrhea and its persistence down through the ages, its identification but resistance to earlier treatment methods, the ways in which it may affect the human body, the great hope for its final elimination as a result of the advent of penicillin, the prostitution problem and facts about prophylaxis are presented in a smoothly written

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