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June 4, 1910

THE TREATMENT OF GONORRHEA WITH REFERENCE TO THE QUESTION OF STERILITY

JAMA. 1910;LIV(23):1849-1851. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550490006002c
Abstract

In 1901 there were approximately 162,372 patients suffering from venereal disease in New York.1 Although we have never had any investigation to compile statistics here in Chicago, I have no doubt that the number of venereal patients is equally great. In New York 15,969 cases of gonorrhea were reported, of which 1,941 were in women. The proportion of men to women is about 15 to 1; of these one-third were in women who were infected after their marriage.

While it does not seem possible to limit promiscuous sexual intercourse, it does lie within the bounds of possibility to limit the transmission of the disease by "bacillus-carriers" through a careful and systematic management of cases from the microscopic standpoint of the discharge.

The gonococcus has its own peculiar characteristics which enable it to be differentiated from other organisms. It grows best on ascitic fluid agar and its

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