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June 18, 1955

Modern Diagnosis and Treatment of the Minor Venereal Diseases: The Management of Chancroid, Granuloma Inguinale and Lymphogranuloma Venereum in General Practice

JAMA. 1955;158(7):617-618. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960070093039

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One might argue about the usefulness of classifying syphilis and gonorrhea as major, and chancroid, granuloma inguinale, and venereal lymphogranuloma as minor venereal diseases. The three latter diseases are not minor insofar as incidence, severity, and tractability are concerned. The author himself states that in white American soldiers in Korea, for instance, chancroid was 14 times more common than syphilis. Moreover, there is much doubt as to whether granuloma inguinale should even be classified as a venereal disease, for, as the author has noted, it does not appear to be very contagious, since the marital partner seldom becomes infected. Apart from these purely semantic difficulties, it should be stated that this short book is a perfect example of clear and concise medical writing. Its economy, together with its full treatment of the subject, is particularly impressive; the symptoms, diagnoses, and treatment of the three diseases are presented clearly and briefly.

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