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December 12, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(24):671-672. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391230027013

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To the Editor of the Journal: 

Dear Sir.  —Dr. E. B. Ward, of Greensboro, Ala., while reporting two cases of gonorrhœa in negro boys, aged 7 and 9 years, respectively, writes: "I would like to ask if any of your readers can report so young a case of gonorrhœa?"Within a month a lad of five years was brought to my office with the following history and symptoms: A neighbor, with whose children the little fellow sometimes played, observed that when attempting to urinate he seemed to be in great agony. She examined him, and at once reported her discovery and suspicions to the child's mother, a widow, of doubtful reputation. The response was, "I know it, but have no money to pay to the doctors."The Samaritan woman then brought the boy to me. In confirmation of my diagnosis of a specific disease, the lad, with downcast eyes, confessed

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