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CHAPTER-17-18

CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE 

 

MARRIAGE AND GONORRHEA 

 

Decision of Physician Regarding Marriage of Patients Infected with 

Gonorrhea or Syphilis--Advisability of Certificate of Freedom 

from Transmissible Disease--Premarital Examination as a Universal 

Custom--When a Man Who Had Gonorrhea May Be Allowed to Marry-- 

When a Woman Who Had Gonorrhea May be Allowed to Marry--Antisepsis 

Before Coitus--Question of Sterility in the Man Who Has Had 

Gonorrhea Easily Answered--Impossibility of Determining Whether 

the Woman is Fertile or Not. 

 

 

For a man or a woman who has once suffered from gonorrhea or syphilis 

to enter matrimony without having secured a competent physician's 

opinion is a great responsibility. And a great responsibility rests 

upon the shoulders of the physician who is called upon to give such an 

opinion. For, a wrong decision--a wrong decision either way--that is, 

permission to marry when permission should not have been granted or 

refusal to give permission when permission should have been 

granted--may be responsible for much future unhappiness and much 

disease: disease of the mother and of the offspring. It may even be 

responsible for death. 

 

There is no easy, short road to a positive opinion. It requires a 

thorough, painstaking examination at the hands of an experienced 

physician, one thoroughly familiar with all the modern tests, to tell 

whether it is safe for a man who once suffered from venereal disease 

to enter the bonds of matrimony. Sometimes one examination is not 

sufficient, and several examinations may be necessary; but, the 

opinion of a conscientious, experienced physician may be relied upon, 

and, if all men and women who once suffered from venereal disease 

would seek for, and be guided by, such an opinion, there would be no 

cases of marital infection, there would be no children afflicted with 

gonorrheal ophthalmia, there would be no cases of hereditary syphilis. 

 

I firmly believe that a time will come when all venereal disease will 

have disappeared from the face of the earth. But, until that time 

comes, it would be for the benefit of the race and of posterity if 

people had to present a certificate of freedom from transmissible 

venereal disease as a prerequisite to a marriage license. Custom is 

often more efficient than law, and, if a premarital examination should 

become a universal custom (and there are indications in this 

direction), no law would be needed. 

 

=When May a Man Who Had Gonorrhea Get Married?= For a man who once 

suffered from gonorrhea to be pronounced cured and a safe candidate 

for marriage, the following conditions must be present: 

 

1. There must be no discharge. 

 

2. The urine must be perfectly clear and free from shreds. 

 

3. The secretion from the prostate gland, as obtained by prostatic 


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