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May 1956

Half a Lifetime in the Management of Venereal Diseases: From Chaos to Order

AMA Arch Derm. 1956;73(5):441-454. doi:10.1001/archderm.1956.01550050019003

As a student in the days when the statutes of most hospitals forbade them to admit early cases of venereal disease, I saw only one; it was a syphilitic chancre shown us sub rosa by an assistant surgeon. As a full private in the Volunteer Medical Staff Corps of that time, I saw in a small ward in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, a number of soldiers whose faces were literally rotting away with tertiary syphilis. Those were all the cases of V. D. I saw when I was a student in the mid-nineties. During the South Africa War of 1899-1902, I was mostly with units in the field, and I saw only one case; it was in my sick corporal who suddenly lost the bridge of his nose—he had made no complaint.

In 1903, when I started work in India, the only treatment given to a patient with

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