The fact that a patient observes a persistent or occasional drop at the meatus, by no means proves that gonorrhea exists. On the other hand, the absence of discharge does not exclude the presence of chronic gonorrhea. This fact alone warrants a detailed study of the symptoms of this disease.
At the outset, it is well to say that no attempt at considering the urethrites in general is made. To extend this paper to the urethrites of a non-gonorrheal character would expand it beyond its intended dimensions. Moreover, the urethrites, other than gonorrheal, merit exhaustive study by themselves.
The separate consideration of gonorrhea infecting the region before or behind the compressor is due, like the vast majority of other advances in the study and treatment of genito-urinary diseases, to the great master, Felix Guyon.1 This division into anterior and posterior urethritis is not only rational, but also the most
VALENTINE FC. A CONTRIBUTION TO THE STUDY OF THE SYMPTOMS OF CHRONIC URETHRITIS. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(9):435–440. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450090001001
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