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February 1937


Author Affiliations

Lieutenant, M. C., U. S. Navy CANACAO, P. I.

From the United States Naval Hospital.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1937;35(2):231-246. doi:10.1001/archderm.1937.01470200031004

A thorough review of the history of lymphogranuloma venereum is a study in itself. Hellerström's1 monograph published in 1929 is suggested as a good historical survey. The 933 references to this disease given by Stannus2 in 1933 afford an excellent bibliographic review. In this country DeWolf and Van Cleve3 and Sulzberger and Wise4 in 1932, Cole5 in 1933 and Burney6 in 1934 fully described the etiology, clinical course, pathology, differential diagnosis and past or present treatment of the disease. This article is presented to supply the available information gleaned from the clinical records, the individual study of some cases and the use of the specific antigen of Frei.

Until recently the diagnosis of lymphogranuloma venereum was rarely made in the navy; in fact, the name was not included in the navy's nomenclature of diseases until 1934. Formerly this disease was incorrectly diagnosed as one