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October 6, 1917

THE VENEREAL DISEASES THE TREATMENT OF GONORRHEA: GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(14):1168-1171. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.25910410002012a

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Abstract

Every patient with acute urethritis should be ordered immediately to hospital for treatment. The earlier cases are seen, the better are the chances for rapid cure and the less the dangers of posterior urethritis and the complications of gonorrhea. With gonorrhea, as with syphilis, soldiers should be encouraged to report on the slightest suspicion of trouble, and those who have been exposed should be watched for a week for manifestation of the disease. On its appearance, treatment should be instituted immediately.

The patient should be given instructions, preferably printed, on the part he must take in the conduct of his case. In all cases he must be warned of the danger of carrying the disease to his eyes, and of gonorrheal ophthalmia; and of the necessity of washing his hands after touching his penis or anything contaminated with his pus.

At the first examination of every case of gonorrhea, the

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