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December 15, 1917


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(24):2025-2026. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590510017007

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It is our purpose to give a brief summary of the experiences that we have had in the treatment of leukorrhea by means of the local application of lactic acid bacilli. Our work has extended over a period of two years, which we regard as a sufficient length of time thoroughly to digest our results, and separate the wheat from the chaff of overenthusiasm. Much has previously been done by other investigators in the search for a cure in obstinate cases of leukorrhea, and although we shall not quote the work of others, we gladly give credit and priority wherever it may be due.

Normally, in the healthy adult virgin, the reaction of the viginal secretion is acid, as a result of the activity of the bacillus of Doederlein. In the patient who is suffering from chronic leukorrhea, however, with the exception of one type, of which we shall speak

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