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October 1973


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University of Texas Southwestern Medical School 5323 Harry Hines Blvd Dallas 75235

Am J Dis Child. 1973;126(4):562-563. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.02110190458025

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To the Editor.—I am not a venereologist, merely a person involved with infectious diseases and interested in the problem, and thus am not competent to argue the conceptual problems that Dr. Wigfield raises. My purposes in writing the editorial were twofold. I wanted to stimulate pediatricians to think about gonorrhea, because I am afraid most have fallen into the habit of considering the gonococcus something occasionally involved with the eyes of newborns but otherwise not a pediatric problem. Second, I wanted to alert them to the massive, nationwide campaign launched in recent months by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Federal monies are now funneled through state and local health departments in an attempt to reverse the seemingly inexorable increase in the rate of gonorrhea in the past decade. The major thrust of this campaign is identification and treatment of asymptomatic, infected women by mass screening programs. The

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