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November 1, 1902

The Successful Treatment of Gonorrhea.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(18):1123. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480440043013

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Rutland, Vt., Oct. 22, 1902.

To the Editor:  —I note in The Journal, Oct. 11, 1902, an article from the pen of S. T. Rucker, M.D., of Tennessee, "The Successful Treatment of Gonorrhea and All Inflammatory Diseases of the Urethra by Packing It with an Antiseptic Oiled Dressing." The author states that he wishes "to announce to the profession a new method of treating this intractable malady by packing the urethra with an antiseptic oiled dressing."This "new method" is not a new method, unless the important part of it is the oily medicant. For in a paper published in the Medical News, Sept. 27, 1893, Pitts describes a treatment used by him, namely, tamponing the urethra with pledgets of cotton soaked in a mercurial solution, and introduced into the urethra by the aid of an ordinary endoscopic tube. Pitts, if I remember correctly, did not treat his cases as

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