The physician or health officer interested in the gonorrhea problem finds an extremely high incidence of the disease and great economic loss and human suffering due to it. He is puzzled not only by the relatively inadequate methods available for prevention and treatment, despite the fact that the etiologic agent is known, but also by the difficulty in determining the period of communicability, and by the need for a practical diagnostic procedure which may be applied easily and as a routine. Without a knowledge of these essentials, he encounters almost insurmountable difficulties in controlling the infection. The vast extent of the problem should serve as a challenge both to health officers and to physicians to develop a more effective control program.
The seriousness of the problem is indicated by recently completed surveys of the United States Public Health Service, in which attempts were made to determine the number of