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CHAPTER-17-18

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX 

 

THE CURABILITY OF VENEREAL DISEASE 

 

Gonorrhea May Be Practically Cured in Every Case in Man--Extensive 

Gonorrheal Infection in Woman Difficult to Cure--Positive Cure in 

Syphilis Impossible to Guarantee. 

 

 

Just as the usual statements in regard to the extent of venereal 

disease have been found untrue or greatly exaggerated, so do the 

statements regarding the curability or rather incurability of venereal 

disease need careful revision. The picture usually painted of the 

hopelessness of gonorrhea and syphilis is too sombre, too black, and, 

contrary to the assertions made by laymen and laywomen and physicians 

who do not specialize in the treatment of venereal disease, I wish to 

make the statement that every case of gonorrhea in man, without any 

exception, if properly treated, can be perfectly cured, _as far as 

practical purposes are concerned_. I add the last phrase because the 

cure may not be perfect in the scientific sense of the word; that is, 

the man may not be brought back into the condition in which he was 

before he got the disease. But, for all practical purposes, as far as 

he himself is concerned, as far as his wife is concerned, and as far 

as the future children are concerned, every case may be cured, without 

any doubt. And I say this, basing myself upon a varied professional 

experience extending over nearly a quarter of a century. 

 

As to gonorrhea in women, that depends to a great extent upon the 

virulence of the disease and the promptness with which treatment is 

instituted. If the gonorrhea is limited only to the cervix, the vulva 

and the urethra, then prompt treatment will usually bring about a cure 

in a comparatively short time. But if the gonorrheal inflammation has 

extended to the body of the uterus, or still worse, to the tubes, then 

the treatment may become a very tedious one, and some cases may not be 

curable without an operation. 

 

With syphilis the matter is different. Since the introduction by 

Ehrlich of the various arsenic preparations, we have much better 

success in the treatment of syphilis, and we can positively render 

every case non-infectious to the partner. But, as to guaranteeing a 

positive cure, that is, guaranteeing that the patient will never have 

an outbreak or relapse of his disease in the future, and that the 

children will be perfectly free from any taint, this we can do no more 

now than we could before the modern treatment of syphilis was 

introduced. The decision, therefore, as to whether we may or may not 

permit a once syphilitic patient to marry will depend a great deal 

upon whether or no the husband or the wife or both desire to have 

children. If this is the case, we must often withhold our permission; 

but if the man and woman agree to get married and to get along without 


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